26 May 2013

Labour names Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate

6:03 pm on 26 May 2013

The Labour Party has chosen Meka Whaitiri to contest next month's by-election in the Maori seat of Ikaroa-Rawhiti.

The seat was left vacant by the death of Labour MP Parekura Horomia.

Ms Whaitiri is the chief executive of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and is a former senior adviser for the Maori Affairs Ministry.

She beat five other people for the nomination at a meeting in Taradale on Sunday afternoon.

She says she's humbled to have been picked, and is committed to retaining the seat for Labour.

Ms Whaitiri will be up against the Maori Party's candidate, prison officer Na Raihania; the Mana Party's candidate, broadcaster, Te Hamua Nikora; and political commentator Marama Davidson, who's standing for the Greens.

National and New Zealand First are not contesting the seat.

The by-election will be held on 29 June.