December 19, 2013
Rurawhe confirmed as Labour nominee
The Labour Party has confirmed former Ngati Apa chair Adrian Rurawhe as its candidate for Te Tai Hauauru at next year's election.
The 52-year-old is the great-grandson of Ratana movement founder Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, and the grandson of Matiu and Iriaka Ratana, who both held the Western Maori seat for Labour.
He is currently managing a Maori research centre in Whanganui.
Mr Rurawhe was the only candidate after Soraya Peke-Mason, Labour’s 2011 candidate, stepped aside.
She will seek a place on the party list.
Mr Rurawhe says he won’t stand on the list because he wants a mandate from the electorate.
The Maori Party candidate is Chris McKenzie from Ngati Raukawa.
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