Meet the team
Tāne Co-Leader, Elected MP for Waiariki
Rawiri Waititi ~ Waiariki
Rawiri Waititi is a current Member of the 53 rd Parliament and co-leader of Te
Pāti Māori. He is a father of five, iwi leader, Ringatū Minister, creative and kapa
In 2020, Rawiri Waititi (Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngai Tai, Te Whakatohea, Ngai Tuhoe,
Ngati Awa, Te Arawa, Ngati Tūwharetoa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui)
successfully bought back the seat of te Waiariki to its Te Pāti Māori kāinga. He then
became co-leader as the only Te Pāti Māori tane elected to the 53 rd Parliament of
Born on the East Coast, and raised in the lights of Tāmaki Makaurau, Rawiri has the
balance of experience within the rural and urban Māori settings.
The father of five has worked tirelessly to support te rohe o te Waiariki alongside the
electorate team. Putting pressure on the government, advocating for whānau, and
channelling the voice of the rohe in parliament.
Rawiri fights relentlessly to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ensuring that Māori are
empowered to thrive on their own whenua (land).
An active member and tōhunga (minister) of the Ringatū Faith, Rawiri has dedicated
most of my life to the wellbeing of our people - from our tamariki mokopuna through
to our pakeke.
Rawiri has been heavily involved in the development of an integrated services
approach to community and whānau. The Whānau Ora approach has given Rawiri a
broad scope on the education, welfare, health, housing and justice sectors and how
they can be integrated to empower whānau.
Ngā mihi aroha