May 25, 2014
Ngaire Button to contest Te Tai Tonga
The Maori Party has picked former Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button as its candidate for the southern seat of Te Tai Tonga.
Co-leader Tariana Turia says the mother of six from Tuhoe and Ngati Porou brings an astute business mind with an impressive background in local body politics to the Maori Party agenda.
She was a key member of the disaster recovery team after the Christchurch earthquakes.
Ms Button says she knows how to bridge the gap between bureaucracy and the people and she’s passionate about growing Maori leadership in every part of the community.
Labour incumbent Rino Tirikatene is expected to hold the seat, which includes the South Island, Rakiura Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Wellington city and the lower Hutt Valley.
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