Peeni Henare

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Peeni Henare

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26th Minister of Civil Defence
Assumed office
27 June 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Kris Faafoi
3rd Minister for Whānau Ora
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded by Te Ururoa Flavell
Minister for Youth
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded by Nikki Kaye
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
In office
26 October 2017 3 July 2019
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded by Alfred Ngaro
Succeeded by Poto Williams
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tāmaki Makaurau
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Pita Sharples
Personal details
Relations Taurekareka Henare (great-grandfather)
James Henare (grandfather)

Peeni Ereatara Gladwyn Henare is a New Zealand Labour Party politician who has been a member of the New Zealand parliament for the Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate since the 2014 general election.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives

Tāmaki Makaurau is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2002 election. The electorate covers the Auckland area and was first held by Labour's John Tamihere before going to Dr Pita Sharples of the Māori Party for three terms from 2005 to 2014. After Sharples' retirement, the electorate was won by Peeni Henare of the Labour Party in the 2014 election.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.



Henare is a great grandson of Taurekareka Henare, who held the Northern Maori seat between 1914 and 1938. [1] His grandfather was James Henare, [1] who had stood for the National Party in five elections between 1946 and 1963. [2] His father was Erima Henare, who was the head of the Māori Language Commission.

Taurekareka (Tau) Henare was a Māori member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1914 to 1938, sitting for the Reform Party for most of that time, until it merged with the United Party to form the National Party in 1936.

Northern Maori was one of the four original New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorates, from 1868 to 1996.

1914 New Zealand general election

The New Zealand general election of 1914 was held on 10 December to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 19th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Maori vote was held on 11 December. A total number of 616,043 voters were registered, of which 84.7% voters turned out to vote.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
2014 2017 51st Tāmaki Makaurau none Labour
2017 present 52nd Tāmaki Makaurau none Labour

Peeni Henare won the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate ahead of Rangi McLean of the Māori Party in 2014. [3]

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.

Henare was elected as a Minister outside Cabinet by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a coalition government with New Zealand First and the Greens in 2017. [4] He assumed the portfolio of Minister for Whānau Ora, which falls under the purview of Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry for Māori Development). [5] [6]

Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand

The Sixth Labour Government has governed New Zealand since 26 October 2017. It is headed by Labour Party leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand First, commonly abbreviated to NZ First, is a nationalist and populist political party in New Zealand. It was founded in July 1993, following the resignation on 19 March 1993 of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand, first with the National Party from 1996 to 1998 and then with the Labour Party from 2005 to 2008 and from 2017 to present.

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is a left-wing political party in New Zealand. Like many Green parties around the world it has four organisational pillars: ecology, social responsibility, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. It also accepts Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand and recognises Māori as Tangata Whenua.

Following a cabinet reshuffle in late June 2019, Henare was appointed as Minister of Civil Defence. [7] [8]

A cabinet reshuffle or shuffle is when a head of government rotates or changes the composition of ministers in their cabinet. They are more common in parliamentary systems, and less so in democracies where cabinet heads must be confirmed by a separate legislative body, and occur at pleasure in autocratic systems without suitable checks-and-balances.

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  1. 1 2 "Grandson aims to keep Parliament seat in family". The Northern Advocate . 4 June 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 247. ISBN   0-474-00177-6.
  3. Ropiha, Billie Jo (20 September 2014). "Peeni Henare presents humble victory speech". Māori Television . Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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  8. Small, Zane (27 June 2019). "Jacinda Ardern's Cabinet reshuffle: Phil Twyford's Housing portfolio split into three". Newshub . Retrieved 1 July 2019.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Pita Sharples
Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred Ngaro
Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector
Succeeded by
Poto Williams
Preceded by
Te Ururoa Flavell
Minister for Whānau Ora
Preceded by
Nikki Kaye
Minister for Youth
Preceded by
Kris Faafoi
Minister of Civil Defence