30 Jul 2013

New Ikaroa-Rawhiti sworn in

7:46 pm on 30 July 2013

Recently-elected Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri was been officially sworn in as an MP on Tuesday.

The Labour candidate won the Maori seat in a by-election in June with a majority of 1659 votes.

The former Ngati Kahungunu CEO stood for the eastern Maori seat following the death of her long-time predecessor, Parekura Horomia.

She's due to deliver her maiden speech to parliament next week.

Meka Whaitiri, says her korero on Tuesday 6 August has been inspired by her Ngati Kahungunu connection as well as one of the first Maori woman MPs - Iriaka Ratana.

She says she can not wait to talk about the people who inspired her to get to where she is today.

Ms Whaitiri says she's been reading up about Iriaka Ratana - the first Maori woman MP along with Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan who also served as an eastern Maori MP.

She says her speech has also been inspired by her Ngati Kahungunu relatives who spent time in parliament such as Tariha Te Moananui, Henare Te Moana and Karaitiana Takumoana.