Rino Tirikatene

Last updated

Rino Tirikatene

MP
Rino Tirikatene.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tonga
Assumed office
30 November 2011 (2011-11-30)
Preceded by Rahui Katene
Personal details
Born1972 (age 4849)
Rangiora, New Zealand
Political party Labour Party
Relations Eruera Tirikatene (grandfather)
Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan (aunt)
Website Party website

Rino Tirikatene (born 1972) [1] is a New Zealand politician and a member of the House of Representatives, representing the Te Tai Tonga electorate since the 2011 election. He is a member of the Labour Party. He comes from a family with a strong political history.

Contents

Early life

Born in Rangiora, Tirikatene affiliates to the Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Hine iwi. [2] He is the grandson of Sir Eruera Tirikatene and the nephew of Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan. His grandfather and aunt between them held the Southern Maori electorate for 64 years from 1932 and 1996. As such, the name Tirikatene is for many voters synonymous with the Māori electorate that covers the southern part of New Zealand. [3]

Prior to running for parliament, Tirikatene worked as a commercial lawyer with Simpson Grierson and in a variety of Māori economic development roles. [4]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2011 2014 50th Te Tai Tonga 45 Labour
2014 2017 51st Te Tai Tonga none Labour
2017 2020 52nd Te Tai Tonga none Labour
2020 present 53rd Te Tai Tonga 29 Labour

In Opposition, 20112017

Tirikatene stood for Labour in Te Puku O Te Whenua in the 1996 election. [5] His father, Rino Tirikatene senior, was originally selected for the seat but died suddenly on the campaign trail. Tirikatene was asked to replace his father. [6] That year, New Zealand First won all Māori electorates, with Rana Waitai beating Tirikatene and Tu Wyllie defeating Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan. [7]

He was selected to represent Labour in the Te Tai Tonga electorate on 1 December 2010. [8] Te Tai Tonga is one of the seven Māori electorates, covers the South Island plus Wellington [9] and is New Zealand's largest electorate by area. [10] In the 2011 New Zealand general election, Tirikatene was placed at number 45 on the Labour Party list. [11]

He contested the Te Tai Tonga electorate against the incumbent, Rahui Katene of the Māori Party. Labour's selection of Tirikatene was criticised as cynical by Katene, as they are both from the same hapū, but this was rejected by Tirikatene, as "all Maoris connect up somewhere along the line". [9] Tirikatene won the electorate with a margin of 1,475 votes. [12] The electorate had previously been held by Labour, from 1999 until 2005. [13]

In 2013, Tirikatene voted against the Marriage Amendment Bill, which aims to permit same sex marriage in New Zealand, with fellow Labour MPs William Sio, Ross Robertson and Damien O'Connor. [14]

Tirikatene significantly increased his majority in the 2014 election and again in 2017. [15] [16] In Opposition for the six years of his Parliamentary career, Tirikatene served variously as the Labour Party spokesperson for customs, fisheries, tourism and Treaty of Waitangi negotiations, as well as holding a number of associate spokesperson roles. [17]

In Government, 2017present

When the Labour Party formed a coalition government in 2017, Tirikatene was appointed chairperson of the Māori Affairs select committee. [17]

During the 2020 general election, Tirikatene was re-elected by a margin of 6,855 votes, retaining Te Tai Tonga for Labour. [18]

In early November 2020, Tirikatane was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries and Minister for Trade and Export Growth with responsibility for Māori Trade. [19]

Related Research Articles

Rātana New Zealand church and political movement

The Rātana movement is a church and pan-iwi political movement founded by Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana in early 20th-century New Zealand. The Rātana Church has its headquarters at the settlement of Rātana Pā near Whanganui.

1996 New Zealand general election Election on 12 October 1996

The 1996 New Zealand general election was held on 12 October 1996 to determine the composition of the 45th New Zealand Parliament. It was notable for being the first election to be held under the new mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, and produced a parliament considerably more diverse than previous elections. It saw the National Party, led by Jim Bolger, retain its position in government, but only after protracted negotiations with the smaller New Zealand First party to form a coalition. New Zealand First's position as "kingmaker", able to place either of the two major parties into government, was a significant election outcome.

Metiria Turei

Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei is a former New Zealand politician. She was a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2017 and the female co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand from 2009 to 2017. Turei resigned from the co-leader position on 9 August 2017 amid a political controversy arising from her admission to lying to the Ministry of Social Development to receive higher payments when she was on the Domestic Purposes Benefit and later, to being enrolled to vote in an electorate where she was not eligible when she was 23.

Māori Party New Zealand political party promoting indigenous rights

The Māori Party is a political party in New Zealand advocating indigenous rights and centre-left policies. Tariana Turia founded the party in 2004 after resigning from the governing centre-left Labour Party, in which she served as a minister, over the foreshore and seabed ownership controversy. She and Pita Sharples, a high-profile academic, became the first co-leaders.

Māori electorates Electoral districts for Māori voters in New Zealand

In New Zealand politics, Māori electorates, colloquially known as the Māori seats, are a special category of electorate that until 1967 gave reserved positions to representatives of Māori in the New Zealand Parliament. Every area in New Zealand is covered by both a general and a Māori electorate; as of 2020, there are seven Māori electorates. Since 1967 any candidate of any ethnicity has been able to stand in a Maori electorate. Candidates now do not have to be Māori, or even on the Māori roll. Voters however who wish to vote in a Māori electorate have to register as a voter on the Māori roll and need to declare they are of Māori descent.

Mahara Okeroa New Zealand politician

Mahara Okeroa is a former New Zealand politician of the New Zealand Labour Party. He represented the Te Tai Tonga Māori electorate as a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2008.

Tu Wyllie Rugby player

Tutekawa "Tu" Wyllie is a former New Zealand politician and rugby union player. A first five-eighth, Wyllie represented Wellington at a provincial level, and played one match for the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1980. He was the New Zealand First Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tonga from 1996 to 1999.

Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan

Tini "Whetu" Marama Tirikatene-Sullivan was a New Zealand politician. She was an MP from 1967 to 1996, representing the Labour Party. At the time of her retirement, she was the second longest-serving MP in Parliament, being in her tenth term of office. She was one of twenty holders of the Order of New Zealand, the highest honour of the country.

Māori politics Politics of the Māori people

Māori politics is the politics of the Māori people, who were the original inhabitants of New Zealand and who are now the country's largest minority. Before the arrival of Pākehā (Europeans) in New Zealand, Māori society was based largely around tribal units, and chiefs provided political leadership. With the British settlers of the 19th century came a new British-style government. From the outset, Māori sought representation within this government, seeing it as a vital way to promote their people's rights and improve living standards. Modern Māori politics can be seen as a subset of New Zealand politics in general, but has a number of distinguishing features, including advocacy for indigenous rights and Māori sovereignty. Many Māori politicians are members of major, historically European-dominated political parties, but several Māori parties have been formed.

Eruera Tirikatene New Zealand politician

Sir Eruera Tihema Te Aika Tirikatene was a New Zealand Māori politician of the Ngāi Tahu tribe. Known in early life as Edward James Te Aika Tregerthen, he was the first Ratana Member of Parliament and was elected in a by-election for Southern Maori in June 1932 after the death of Tuiti Makitanara.

Te Tai Tokerau Māori electorate in Northland, New Zealand

Te Tai Tokerau is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate that was created out of the Northern Maori electorate ahead of the first Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) election in 1996. It was held first by Tau Henare representing New Zealand First for one term, and then Dover Samuels of the Labour Party for two terms. From 2005 to 2014, it was held by MP Hone Harawira. Initially a member of the Māori Party, Harawira resigned from both the party and then Parliament, causing the 2011 by-election. He was returned under the Mana Party banner in July 2011 and confirmed at the November 2011 general election. In the 2014 election, he was beaten by Labour's Kelvin Davis, ending the representation of the Mana Party in Parliament.

Te Tai Tonga Māori electorate in New Zealand

Te Tai Tonga is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was established for the 1996 general election, replacing Southern Maori. The current MP for Te Tai Tonga is Rino Tirikatene of the Labour Party.

Te Tai Hauāuru New Zealand electorate

Te Tai Hauāuru is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives, that was first formed for the 1996 election. The electorate was represented by Tariana Turia from 2002 to 2014, first for the Labour Party and then for the Māori Party. Turia retired and was succeeded in 2014 by Labour's Adrian Rurawhe who again retained the seat in 2017.

Southern Maori was one of New Zealand's four original parliamentary Māori electorates established in 1868, along with Eastern Maori, Western Maori and Eastern Maori. In 1996, with the introduction of MMP, the Maori electorates were updated, and Southern Maori was replaced with the Te Tai Tonga and Te Puku O Te Whenua electorates.

Northern Maori was one of New Zealand's four original parliamentary Māori electorates established in 1868, along with Eastern Maori, Western Maori and Southern Maori. In 1996, with the introduction of MMP, the Maori electorates were updated, and Northern Maori was replaced with the Te Tai Tokerau electorate.

Rahui Reid Katene is a New Zealand politician. She was elected to the 49th New Zealand Parliament at the 2008 general election representing the Māori Party in the seat of Te Tai Tonga, but lost in the 2011 general election to Labour's Rino Tirikatene.

2011 New Zealand general election

The 2011 New Zealand general election on Saturday 26 November 2011 determined the membership of the 50th New Zealand Parliament.

The Mana Movement, formerly known as the Mana Party, is a New Zealand political party led by Hone Harawira which was formed in April 2011 following his resignation from the Māori Party. Harawira won the by-election in Te Tai Tokerau of 25 June 2011 for the Mana Party and retained the seat during the 2011 general election, but lost it in 2014 and 2017 to Labour Party candidate Kelvin Davis.

The Southern Māori by-election of 1967 was a by-election for the electorate of Southern Maori on 11 March 1967 during the 35th New Zealand Parliament. The by-election resulted from the death of the previous member Sir Eruera Tirikatene on 11 January 1967.

Broadmeadows, New Zealand Suburb in Wellington City, New Zealand

Broadmeadows is a minor western suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. It is located to the north of Khandallah and south of Johnsonville. It is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the Wellington central business district. Broadmeadows has a population of 1,635.

References

  1. "Roll of members of the New Zealand House of Representatives, 1854 onwards" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. "Rino Tirikatene". New Zealand Parliament. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  3. Potiki, Tahu (18 November 2011). "When politics is in the DNA". The Press . Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  4. http://www.labour.org.nz/rinotirikatene
  5. "Another Tirikatene standing for Parliament". Radio New Zealand . 2 December 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  6. "Politics a family affair for Tirikatene". Otago Daily Times . 15 November 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  7. "Former NZ First MP says party's return counterproductive". Radio New Zealand . 28 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  8. "Rino Tirikatene wins Labour's Te Tai Tonga selection". Scoop . 1 December 2010.
  9. 1 2 Fensome, Alex (20 October 2011). "Labour candidate eyes Southland". The Southland Times . Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  10. Birchfield, Daniel (28 September 2011). "Labour's Tirikatene focuses on the elderly". The Timaru Herald . Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  11. "Labour Party List 2011" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. Scoop. 10 April 2011.
  12. "Official Count Results -- Te Tai Tonga". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  13. "Maori Party loses Te Tai Tonga". The Dominion Post . 26 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  14. "Gay marriage: How MPs voted". The New Zealand Herald. 18 April 2013.
  15. "Official Count Results -- Te Tai Tonga". Electoral Commission. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  16. "2017 General Election Results of the Official Count". gazette.govt.nz. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  17. 1 2 "Tirikatene, Rino - New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  18. "Te Tai Tonga - Official Result". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  19. "Ministerial List for Announcement on Monday" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 November 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Rahui Katene
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tonga
2011–present
Incumbent