Te Tai Hauāuru Candidates debate

Te Tai Hauāuru candidates, Māori Party Debbie Ngarewa-Packer debated with Labour incumbent Adrian Rurawhe at Whakarongotai Marae on 30 September 2020.

Te Tai Hauāuru, is one of seven Māori seats and electorates in Aotearoa is apart, from the general electorates of New Zealand. The candidates accepted our invitation to korero and korero they did! Unlike most political debates, this was a hui that was respectful of whakapapa and an example of a democracy that is better suited to whānau māori.

Whānau were able to watch the event online and participate by commenting and firing questions for the two candidates and mediators, Dr Mahina-nga-rangi Baker, Rueben Toa Kearney Parata to facilitate. With an audience of 2k following the event and over 400 online engagements coupled with 80-100 people in the wharenui, this was a successfully lead event by our rangatahi and we congratulate them on such an informative and rather delightful night of whanaungatanga.

The night was completed with a presentation from whānaunga Janelle Tamihana, mokopuna to Aunty Wai Cooke, who works for the Electoral Commission and encouraged whānau to vote and to make use of our marae that is an Advanced Voting Place. This General Election, the Commission were committed to employ more māori this time as whānau are more likely to seek support or ask patai from their own plus let’s face it, we are experts at manaakitanga!!!

If you would like to access the debate, a record has been saved on our facebopk page – Click here