Whaitiri kickstarts Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti campaign

Whaitiri kickstarts Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti campaign


She may have won a gruelling race to secure the Labour nomination
for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election, but what does Meka Whaitiri
actually stand for? The former freezing worker
and Ngati Kahungunu chief executive was favoured by the late
Parekura Horomia, but will her ‘factory to boardroom’
story impress the voters of one the country’s
most impoverished electorates? Tina Wickliffe has been asking
the questions and filed this report. Meka Whaitiri’s diary
is full of media requests. It’s a new world for her, but already she’s speaking
and answering in Labour lingo. Policies she can easily spiel off. But what’s the single most important
policy issue that motivates her? It’s thought that Ikaroa Rawhiti was entrenched with
Parekura Horomia and Labour, but Meka Whaitiri
is a relative novice and the Labour banner
won’t save her. A legacy that includes the Foreshore and Seabed
legislation. Meka Whaitiri doesn’t lack ambition. She’s worked for the former
Minister of Maori Affairs, so does she aspire
to hold that position herself? Horomia’s intuition about
Meka Whaitiri is about to be tested. Tina Wickliffe, Te Karere.

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