Complete LIST of Candidates

Complete LIST of Candidates ~ 2020 General Election

28 August 2020: Māori Party Media Release

“As the nation pivots from social need to economic recovery, we need leadership that is agile, energetic and principled.  

“Our party list for the 2020 Elections reflects the visionary solution-focus of rangatahi leadership alongside of the tūpuna-derived courage of our wāhine kahurangi, some who are currently leading the cause of the care of some of our most vulnerable children to the Waitangi Tribunal” (Lady Tureiti Moxon and Dame Naida Glavish).

“Aotearoa needs more than kindness – we need a brave direction that is fit for purpose in a much changed world; able to mobilise whānau, hapū and iwi, and reflects the diversity of  all our communities across the land”.

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Co-Leader and Te Tai Hauāuru Candidate

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

Wāhine Co-leader, Te Tai Hauāuru Candidate

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Rawiri Waititi, Waiariki Candidate

Rawiri Waititi

Waiariki Candidate

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Heather Te Au-Skipworth, Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Candidate

Heather Te Au-Skipworth

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Candidate

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Tākuta Ferris, Te Tai Tonga Candidate

Tākuta Ferris

Te Tai Tonga Candidate

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Donna Pokere-Phillips, Hauraki-Waikato Candidate

Donna Pokere-Phillips

Hauraki-Waikato Candidate

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Mariameno Kapa-Kingi, Te Tai Tokerau Candidate

Mariameno Kapa-Kingi

Te Tai Tokerau Candidate

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John Tamihere, Co-Leader, Tāmaki Makaurau Candidate

John Tamihere

Tāne Co-leader, Tāmaki Makaurau Candidate

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Hana Tapiata, List Candidate

Hana Tapiata

List Candidate


“I pakeke mai au i roto i te reo Māori, te ao Māori me ōna tikanga.  I grew up immersed in a Māori worldview, which has contributed to the way I think and what I want to do in this life.  I apply Māori/indigenous knowledge to lifestyle design, developing mindset and self-determination.”


Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, List Candidate

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait

List Candidate

“Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is a leading advocate for the rights of women & children and also a strong public voice in the campaign to understand and prevent family violence.”


Eru Kapa-Kingi, List Candidate

Eru Kapa-Kingi

List Candidate

“I am standing on the Māori Party list for two reasons. Tuatahi, to show my complete and utter support for my mother who is standing in Te Taitokerau, because I believe she has the requisite mana to mobilise our people for positive change. Tuarua, I want to show my commitment to the wider kaupapa and movement that is the Māori Party.”


Lady Tureiti Moxon, List Candidate

Lady Tureiti Moxon

List Candidate

Māori Leader Profile

“Strengthening whānau tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake is at the centre of everything that drives her. Tureiti’s foresight, belief, courage, tenacity, integrity and strategic connections from a lifetime of service continues to transform generations.”


Elijah Pue, List Candidate

Elijah Pue

List Candidate

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“People often ask me why I do the things I do. Why I say the things I say and why I stand up for what matters.  If we always have our kids - our future - at front of mind and heart; we know we are heading in the right direction. We do it for our kids.”


Dame R Naida Glavish, List Candidate

Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish

List Candidate

Māori Leader Profile

“Naida’s stance and commitment to te Reo me ōna tikanga have been the shining light of leadership in education, as a teacher, and then in Health. She does this with great aroha for her people and does acknowledge her humble beginnings and her whakapapa.”


Tumanako Silveira, List Candidate

Tumanako Silveira

List Candidate

“Kia Ora, ko Tumanako Silveira toku ingoa. He uri no Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Raukawa, me Pare Hauraki.  I absolutely love being Māori. The biggest expression of that for me is seen in my passion for Kapa Haka. I am a proud member of Te Mātārae I Ōrehu and continue to develop my language and my knowledge of things Māori under the tutor ledge of Wetini Mitai-Ngātai….”


Taiaha Hawke, List Candidate

Taiaha Hawke

List Candidate

“Ko Kiekie te maunga, ko Rangitoto te motu, ko Waitematā ko Manukau ngā moana, ko Tāmaki te awa, ko Māhūhū ki te Rangi te waka, ko Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te iwi, ko Te Kawau te Tawa te tangata.”


Kate Cherrington, List Candidate

Kate Cherrington

List Candidate

"I have always vowed that as long as there is an opportunity for an independent Māori voice represented in parliament then it is a simple choice for me. I am not red, I am not blue, I am not left I am not right or centre – I am a wahine Māori, māmā and hoa rangatira.  Māori Party includes all of me (all my quirks and uniqueness), my whānau, my hapū, my community.”


Tina Porou, List Candidate

Tina Porou

List Candidate

"Tina is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tamanuhiri. She has been an environmental planner for the last 20 years working with local authorities, iwi and hapu, central government and the private sector on a range of natural resource matters. Her expertise is in connecting matauranga Maori with technical skills in the planning field to build win-win outcomes for the environment and our sustainable businesses.”


Wendy Biddle, List Candidate

Wendy Biddle

List Candidate

"What you can expect from me is loyalty to serve our community, hard work to fight for an Aotearoa where everyone has equal opportunity to flourish and not just survive, and honesty as a voice for the people.  He Waka eke noa - We are in this Waka together.”


Te Rōpu Poa, List Candidate

Te Rōpu Poa

List Candidate

Māori Leader Profile

“My mission is to reduce the health and social inequities that exist by collaborating with like-minded partners who want to make a difference. I am purpose driven and committed to improving the social and health outcomes of the people with a particular focus on Māori.”


Fallyn Flavell, List Candidate

Fallyn Flavell

List Candidate

“I believe the only political party that will keep kaupapa Maori at the forefront of their decisions is a party that is governed by Maori, for Maori. This is the Maori Party.  We need to support each other as Maori in all capacities, be that on the marae or in select committee. I believe the Maori Party can achieve this when elected on Saturday 17 October.”


Tunuiarangi Rangi McLean, Māori Party Tāne Vice-President and List Candidate

Tunuiarangi Rangi McLean

Māori Party Tāne Vice-President, List Candidate

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