Chair of Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, has announced that she will be standing for Te Pāti Māori in the General Electorate seat of Rotorua in October this year.

Merepeka is the first Te Pāti candidate that will be running for a General seat in this year’s election.

After 11 years as a Rotorua Lakes Councillor, Merepeka is no stranger to politics, and she knows Rotorua well.

“Rotorua is my home and tribal area of Te Arawa. It’s a beautiful place to live, work and play. I understand intimately, both the highs and the challenges; how Rotorua has experienced unprecedented growth in employment and business in recent years alongside how it has been impacted by the pandemic.”

With whānau at the forefront, she wants to ensure that all families will be able to realise their potential as they move forward together.

“Te Pāti Māori believes Māori must be in control of their own lives and I support how our Te Pāti Māori movement fearlessly and unapologetically speaks up for whanau, encouraging them to create strong cultural identity foundations on which to grow and flourish. We have unlimited potential so let’s get on with the job and make it happen.”