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Māori Party


12 October 2019


Māori Party select Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to win back Te Tai Hauāuru




The Māori Party has selected Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to win back the Te Tai Hauāuru seat in next year’s general election, it announced at its AGM in Whangaehu today.

Ngarewa-Packer (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine and Ngā Rauru) is CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and a former Deputy Mayor of South Taranaki District Council.   Ngarewa-Packer was selected unopposed, with the unanimous support of all Māori Party branches in Te Tai Hauāuru and endorsed at the national AGM.

“Debbie is a phenomenal leader who is the right person to win back Te Tai Hauāuru” said Māori Party President Che Wilson. “This Government’s actions on issues such as Oranga Tamariki and Ihumātao show how desperately our people need an independent kaupapa Māori voice in Parliament. Debbie is that voice. She is ready to hit the ground running as a fierce advocate for our people,” said Mr Wilson. Ngarewa-Packer is a grassroots activist and environmental campaigner, who has more than two decades experience in governance, executive management and iwi leadership.

Ngarewa-Packer is best known in recent years for mobilising the local community in the campaign against seabed mining off the South Taranaki coast.  “It is a huge honour to have been selected as the Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, and to continue fighting for our people,” said Debbie Ngarewa-Packer. “I have demonstrated throughout my career that I can deliver real change. Our people have the solutions to our own problems. We need a representative who will fight for our solutions, every moment of every day,” said Ms Ngarewa-Packer. “As a mother and grandmother, I am unwavering in my resolve that they deserve better. Finishing 12 IronMaori marathons is nothing compared to the run for our life we must enter to carve out a strong future for all our mokopuna to thrive”.

As CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, Ngarewa-Packer has developed free health care services, tackled digital equity head on, developed leadership opportunities for young people, and been an outspoken voice for South Taranaki on the national stage.

Former roles:

·      CEO of Te Reo Irirangi o Taranaki

·      Executive member for Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori

·      Member of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.

She is currently a director for Tui Ora Health Ltd, Homecare Medical Ltd, and a member of the Indigenous Women's Business Network.




Media contact:

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, 027-266-7858

Che Wilson, 021-765-681

For more information:


Hui a Tau | Nominations | Kingi Tuheitia | Rātana

11 January 2018



Kia ora Paati members

Tena tatou nga ringa raupa, nga taituara o te Paati Māori. Kia mihia te mano tini kua mene ki Hawaiki nui, Hawaiki roa, ki Hawaiki pamamao. Ki a ratou te tututanga o te puehu, te whiunga o te kupu i nga wa takatu ai ratou, haere atu ra. Ki a tatou te urupa o ratou ma, nga waihotanga mai e hapai nei i o ratou wawata, tumanako hoki, tena tatou katoa.

This is just a reminder about four kaupapa:

  • Hui a Tau Annual General Meeting
  • Nominations for office holders
  • Acknowledgement of the support of Kingi Tuheitia
  • Rātana celebrations

Hui a Tau

This will be held on Saturday 17 February 2018 at Tangatarua Marae at Toi-Ohomai (formerly Waiariki Institute of Technology) on Mokoia Drive, Rotorua. The pōwhiri is at 9.30am with the hui proper to start at 10.30am. There will be an online registration which will be loaded on our website within a week.

The AGM will elect our new Party President, and the Vice-Presidents, wahine and tane and deal with some outstanding business. This is an important hui where we focus on the future of our Party.

Set out below is a draft programme / agenda:

  • Attendees
  • Apologies
  • Reports from President, Co-Vice Presidents, Co-Leaders
  • Financial Report
  • Acknowledgements of outgoing Office Holders
  • Report back on Hui Taumata
  • Report from Electorates
  • General Business

Time permitting, we are looking at workshops to continue to work on themes developed at the Hui Taumata. We want to use the full day since people will have travelled to be at this important hui.

This will be one of the most important hui we hold in 2018, so nau mai haere mai. More details will be circulated within the next week about the AGM including information on final agenda, cost, registration, accommodation, etc.

Nominations remain open for all Office Holders

Our National Council has decided to re-open nominations for all Office Holders.

The Co-Leader appointments will be deferred until after the AGM pending decisions by the National Executive.

An application form for all appointments can be downloaded from our website. Some key points to note:

  • Applications close on Friday 2 February 2018 at 5pm
  • Electorates will have two weeks to consider the applicants prior to the AGM
  • There is a new requirement to have electorate support to each nomination

For more information contact Te Ururoa on email or mobile phone 021 924 274.

Whakamihi i a Kingi Tuheitia

To formally acknowledge the support of Kingi Tuheitia to the Māori Party in the General Election, Waiariki has advised that those who are able, join a roopu going on to the Kokohinau Marae Poukai this Sunday (January 14). Please email Makoha for more details.


The Māori Party always sends a delegation to Rātana for their annual celebrations. This year we have been invited to our own pōwhiri at the pa on Tuesday January 23 at 12pm. The Māori Party having our own pōwhiri is significant as we are usually put together with other parties. We are seeking a big turnout from our supporters so would appreciate it if you can make it. To confirm your attendance please email or text Te Ururoa on mobile phone 021 924 274 as soon as possible.


Nga mihi o te wa ki a koutou katoa, tena tatou.

Naku, na


Te Ururoa Flavell
Transitional Manager




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