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23 September 2017
|Preceded by||Chester Borrows|
Harete Makere Hipangois a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
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Prior to entering parliament, Hipango was a lawyer for more than 25 years and was a member of the Whanganui District Health Board.
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