Nanaia Mahuta

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Nanaia Mahuta

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44th Minister for Māori Development
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Te Ururoa Flavell
Minister for Local Government
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Anne Tolley
In office
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Chris Carter
Succeeded by Rodney Hide
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Hauāuru
In office
Preceded by Tukuroirangi Morgan
Succeeded by Tariana Turia
Majority6,233 [1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tainui
In office
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority3,430 [1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hauraki-Waikato
Assumed office
Preceded byNew constituency
Majority1,046 [2]
Personal details
Born (1970-08-21) 21 August 1970 (age 48)
New Zealand
Political party Labour

Nanaia Cybelle Mahuta [3] (born 21 August 1970) is a New Zealand politician who is currently serving as the Minister for Māori Development and Minister for Local Government. She was previously a cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, serving then as Minister of Customs, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Youth Development, Associate Minister for the Environment, and Associate Minister of Tourism. [4] She has strong links to the Māori King Movement, being the daughter of Sir Robert Mahuta, who was the adopted son of King Korokī and the elder brother of Māori Queen Te Atairangikaahu. She has an MA (Hons) in social anthropology. [5] In 2016, she acquired a Māori facial tattoo and became the first female MP to wear one in the New Zealand parliament. [6]

Minister for Māori Development New Zealand cabinet position

The Minister for Māori Development is the minister of the New Zealand government with broad responsibility for government policy towards Māori, the first inhabitants of New Zealand. The Minister heads the Te Puni Kōkiri. Between 1947 and 2014 the position was called Minister of Māori Affairs; before that it was known as Minister of Native Affairs. As of 2017, The current Minister for Māori Development is Nanaia Mahuta.

Cabinet of New Zealand

The Cabinet of New Zealand is the New Zealand Government's body of senior ministers, responsible to the New Zealand Parliament. Cabinet meetings, chaired by the prime minister, occur once a week; in them, vital issues are discussed and government policy is formulated. Though not established by any statute, Cabinet has significant power in the New Zealand political system and nearly all bills proposed by Cabinet in Parliament are enacted.

The Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand was the government of New Zealand from 10 December 1999 to 19 November 2008. Labour Party leader Helen Clark negotiated a coalition with Jim Anderton, leader of the Alliance Party and later the Progressive Party, and New Zealand First. While undertaking a number of substantial reforms, it was not particularly radical compared to previous Labour governments.


Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1996 1999 45th List8 Labour
1999 2002 46th Te Tai Hauāuru 10 Labour
2002 2005 47th Tainui 19 Labour
2005 2008 48th Tainuinone Labour
2008 2011 49th Hauraki-Waikato 10 Labour
2011 2014 50th Hauraki-Waikato12 Labour
2014 2017 51st Hauraki-Waikato6 Labour
2017 present 52nd Hauraki-Waikato none Labour

Mahuta was first elected to Parliament in the 1996 elections, when she became a list MP. In the 1999 elections, she won the Te Tai Hauauru electorate, and in the 2002 elections, she won Tainui. Before the 2008 general election the electorate boundaries were changed and it was renamed Hauraki-Waikato. She held the seat with a majority of 888. [2]

A list MP is a member of parliament (MP) who is elected from a party list rather than from a geographical constituency. Their presence in Parliament is owed to the number of votes that their party won, not to votes received by the MP personally. This occurs only in countries which have an electoral system based on party-list proportional representation.


Hauraki-Waikato is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate first established for the 2008 election. It largely replaced the Tainui electorate. Nanaia Mahuta of the Labour Party, formerly the MP for Tainui, became MP for Hauraki-Waikato in the 2008 general election and was re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2017.

Foreshore and seabed controversy

In 2004, she joined Tariana Turia, another Labour MP, in voting against the first reading of her party's legislation on the controversial foreshore and seabed issue. She did not, however, join Turia when she quit Labour to found the Māori Party. In the bill's second reading, she again voted against her party, but in the third reading, she changed her position and supported it, saying that while it had "serious flaws, ... at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do".[ citation needed ]

Tariana Turia New Zealand politician

Dame Tariana Turia is a New Zealand politician. She gained considerable prominence during the foreshore and seabed controversy, and eventually broke with her party as a result. She resigned from parliament, and successfully contested a by-election in her former electorate as a candidate of the newly formed Māori Party. She retired from Parliament in 2014.

The New Zealand foreshore and seabed controversy is a debate in the politics of New Zealand. It concerns the ownership of the country's foreshore and seabed, with many Māori groups claiming that Māori have a rightful claim to title. These claims are based around historical possession and the Treaty of Waitangi. On 18 November 2004, the New Zealand Parliament passed a law which deems the title to be held by the Crown. This law, the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, was enacted on 24 November 2004. Some sections of the Act came into force on 17 January 2005. It was repealed and replaced by the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011.

Māori Party New Zealand political party promoting indigenous rights

The Māori Party is an indigenous rights-based political party in New Zealand, formed on 7 July 2004. Tariana Turia founded the party after resigning from the Labour Party, where she had been a minister in the Fifth Labour Government. She and Pita Sharples, a high-profile academic, became co-leaders. Since the 2008 election, the party supported a National Party-led government, and Turia and Sharples became ministers outside cabinet.

Cabinet Minister: 2005 - 2008

In the 2005 general election Mahuta held her electorate seat of Tainui. Subsequently, Mahuta as part of the Labour-Progressive coalition government, was Minister of Customs, Youth Development and Associate Environment and Local Government. Mahuta lost her portfolios when Labour were defeated in the 2008 general election.[ citation needed ]

Tainui is a tribal waka confederation of New Zealand Māori iwi. The Tainui confederation comprises four principal related Māori iwi of the central North Island of New Zealand: Hauraki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa and Waikato. There are other Tainui iwi whose tribal areas lay outside the traditional Tainui boundaries - Ngāi Tai in the Bay of Plenty, Ngati Raukawa, and Ngāti Toa in the Horowhenua, Kapiti region and Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Koata in the northern South Island.

In opposition: 2008 - 2017

Following the defeat of the Labour government in the 2008 election, Phil Goff appointed Mahuta as spokesperson for Maori Social Development. [7]

Phil Goff New Zealand politician

Philip Bruce Goff is the Mayor of Auckland, in office since 2016; previously he was a Member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1981 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 2016. He served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition between 11 November 2008 and 13 December 2011.

In 2009 Mahuta's Resource Management (Enhancement of Iwi Management Plans) Amendment Bill, which proposed giving more weight to Māori in resource-management decisions, was drawn from the members' ballot. [8] The bill was defeated at its first reading in August. [8]

Resource Management Act 1991 New Zealand law promoting sustainable management of natural and physical resources

The Resource Management Act (RMA) passed in 1991 in New Zealand is a significant, and at times, controversial Act of Parliament. The RMA promotes the sustainable management of natural and physical resources such as land, air and water. New Zealand's Ministry for the Environment describes the RMA as New Zealand's principal legislation for environmental management.

A private member's bill in a parliamentary system of government is a bill introduced into a legislature by a legislator who is not acting on behalf of the executive branch. The designation "private member's bill" is used in most Westminster System jurisdictions, in which a "private member" is any member of parliament (MP) who is not a member of the cabinet (executive). Other labels may be used for the concept in other parliamentary systems; for example, the label member's bill is used in the Scottish Parliament and in the Parliament of New Zealand. In presidential systems with a separation of the executive from the legislature, the concept does not arise since the executive cannot initiate legislation, and bills are introduced by individual legislators.

On 15 June 2010, Opposition Leader Phil Goff appointed Mahuta as Portfolio Spokesperson for Energy and as Associate Portfolio Spokesperson for Law and Order. (Shane Jones had previously held the energy portfolio). At the same time, in addition to the portfolio appointments, both Mahuta and Charles Chauvel moved to the parliamentary opposition front bench.[ citation needed ]

On 14 October 2014 Mahuta became a candidate in the 2014 Labour Party leadership election. She was unsuccessful, and Andrew Little became the leader of the Labour Party. [9]

Cabinet Minister: 2017–present

Mahuta currently serves as a cabinet minister in the Sixth Labour Government with the portfolios for Local Government and Maori Development.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tuku Morgan
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru
Succeeded by
Tariana Turia
New constituency Member of Parliament for Tainui
Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament for Hauraki-Waikato
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Carter
Minister of Local Government
Succeeded by
Rodney Hide
Preceded by
Anne Tolley
Preceded by
Te Ururoa Flavell
Minister for Māori Development