Let The Race Begin: Reflections on Te Ikaroa Rāwhiti By-Election

A new dawn in Maori politics? Marama Davidson’s appointment as a candidate for the Green Party along with others would demonstrate so. I for one am totally delighted by Marama’s appointment. A wahine toa who demonstrates true integrity and compassion. Well done the Greens!

Te Wharepora Hou


There is without doubt a true political shift happening amongst our people that is being shown clearly and definitively in the nominations that are lining up to stand in the Te Ikaroa Rāwhiti seat.

There is a new generation on the rise. There is a rise of a new generation. There is excitement and expectation of what may happen, of who the people of Te Ikaroa Rāwhiti will select to be their representative in the colonial parliament. We have heard speak of the next person needing to be grassroots, we have heard that it is not wise to attempt to fill the shoes of the much cherished Parekura Horomia, and both of those korero must now influence how each of the candidates will present themselves to their people.

What is clear is that Māori electorates now seek those who are willing to be in service to the people. The day…

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.