Cinnamon Whitlock (Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rarawa)
Cinnamon is a registered nurse and a solicitor and barrister of the High Court who has spent the last 10 years working in senior management positions in diverse community settings.
She is passionate about addressing child poverty and improving early intervention and prevention based health services, with a strong passion in mental health.
"The Māori Party is a party that recognises the importance of diversity, but also, the importance of principles based on fairness, humanity and on respect. In Aotearoa, we need to have people in Parliament who are astute in bringing people together, who are capable of putting people over profit and understand the changing world, the importance of communities and the important role that social justice has in modern and progressive societies.
“I am proud to be standing for the Māori Party, as I firmly believe in the party’s values and how the Māori Party is a party for the people with all peoples.
“I intend to let the voting constituents of Kelston know that there is a party that exists to give voice to their concerns, to harness their will and to translate their call into measurable actions.
“I believe that more needs to happen in addressing climate change and as kaitiaki, it is incumbent upon us all to heed the extensive evidence of rising sea levels, mass population exodus and clean water shortages with the aim to ensure we can continue to have a liveable planet.”