June 30, 2023
Māori Party pick “outstanding” says Jackson
Te Pāti Māori has named Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke as its candidate to take on Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta in October’s general election.
The 20 year-old is the daughter of broadcaster Potaka Maipi and granddaughter of Nga Tamatoa activist Taitimu Maipi, and she’s named for her grand-aunt, the late Hana Te Hemara-Jackson, who organised the 1972 Maori language petition.
While still at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga in Huntly she published a book to help young people understand maramataka and the Māori view of the environment.
Maori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says she is young, courageous, unapologetically Māori, and represents the future of the movement.
Willie Jackson, who’s coordinating Labour’s Maori seat campaign, expects a strong challenge for the seat.
“She’s a young gun. I’ve met her she was here (at Parliament) for te reo Māori day, her Nanny was an Aunty to me, so I think she’s going to be an outstanding candidate,” he says.