Rino Tirikatene wins Labour’s Te Tai Tonga selection
Rino Tirikatene wins Labour’s Te Tai Tonga
The Labour Party has selected Rino
Tirikatene as its candidate for the Te Tai Tonga Māori
electorate in next year’s general election.
Rino and the
Tirikatene whānau have a long-standing relationship with
the Labour Party. Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan held the
Southern Māori seat for over 60 years.
“This is not my
first time representing the Labour Party. At the tender age
of 23 my father passed away, he was to stand for Labour in
the Southern Māori seat. I took up his mantel in 1996 and
carried on his journey,” said Rino Tirikatene.
Labour’s Te Tai Tonga candidate I hope to finish what he
started in 1996 and bring the seat back home to
Rino represents a new generation of Maori
leader committed to serving his people.
father of three was born in Rangiora and has spent the
majority of his life in Wellington with short periods in
Christchurch for schooling and work.
Rino has over 14
years experience working in Maori economic development roles
and is a private consultant currently working on
inter-indigenous development projects between Maori and the
“Te Tai Tonga needs a strong new voice in
Parliament, and I am going to work hard to ensure that come
the general election next year I will be that strong new
voice”, said Rino
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