Labour Party Te Tai Tonga MP | Rino Tirikatene



I represent a new generation of Māori leaders committed to serving the people of Te Tai Tonga and returning it back to Labour.

I have deep connections across Ngāi Tahu on my paternal side, and to Ngāti Hine in the Far North on my maternal side. Historically my family has given significant Parliamentary service to Māori in Te Waipounamu and Labour in the Southern Māori electorate (1932 – 1996).

I am a passionate believer in Māori development and in social justice. Coming from a close-knit, hard-working whānau, I have a depth of concern and service for people nurtured from a young age.

I have over 12 years experience working in Māori economic development roles and brings a wide range of experience to my candidacy. I have led successful inter-indigenous projects between Māori and the Pacific, including establishment of the first pan-Māori international development NGO. I was the Chief Executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities, advocating for Māori land based organisations. Other roles I’ve worked in include working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu within their seafood businesses, and leading trade promotion activities across Māori business sectors. I have an understanding of legal and commercial issues as a result of my early career as a commercial lawyer with a large national firm.

Key attributes I brings to my candidacy:

Integrity, honesty and trust.

Multi-talented and offers a powerful blend of tikanga Māori, whakapapa, and professional legal, business and leadership skills.

Wide experience in strategic development of Māori economic interests with proven track record of results.

A real ‘people’ person who enjoys interacting with people from all backgrounds.




Parliamentary Office
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Electorate Offices

Address: 122 Esk Street, Invercargill
Ph: 0800 TE TAI TONGA (0800 838 248)