Seats in Parliament

  • National Party 56
  • Labour Party 46
  • New Zealand First Party 9
  • Green Party 8
  • ACT New Zealand 1
  • Total 120

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

Māori Party

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Ngarewa-Packer TikTok claims ACT is 'anti-Māori baiting anō' 

ACT List MP Simon Court.  Photo / Parliament TV

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has taken to TikTok to suggest the ACT Party has been involved in 'anti-Māori baiting again' in parliament.

During question time on Tuesday, ACT List MP Simon Court directed pātai to Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta over Te Mana o te Wai statements - concerned with the health and wellbeing of waterways - and whether they granted mana whenua more influence than other groups in Three Waters reforms matters.


Te Pāti Māori getting cut through across the spectrum - Shane Te Pou

Māori political commentator Shane Te Pou says Te Pāti Māori's impressive poll result this week show it is gaining traction with non-Māori voters.

"To get up to 4%, you need some support across the demographics," he tells

Te Pou, a former member and candidate for the Labour Party, believes the Roy Morgan poll has Te Pāti Māori firmly in the position to decide the next government after next year's election, and gives the party momentum to pick up more seats.

Te Pāti Māori slams Kelvin Davis' stance on compulsory Te Reo Māori

Despite new research that suggests New Zealand is ready for compulsory te reo Māori in schools, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis is doubling down, saying the country is not ready.

But Te Pāti Māori has since come out, urging the associate education minister to get on with it.

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori chief executive Ngāhiwi Apanui doesn’t agree with Davis' stance either.

“Ko matou e titiro ana ki ngā tatauranga e kōrero mai ana ki a mātou, e hika mā!, kua tae te wā.”


Māori Party co-leaders hilariously break the internet: 'You said we're doing a practice live'

Credit / 1 News

The Māori Party co-leaders Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Rawiri Waititi have 'broken the internet' with their hilarious efforts to master Instagram live last night. 

Believing they were conducting a practice run on the social media platform, the co-leaders have surprised themselves to discover they were in actual fact very much 'live'.

Māori Party wants capital gains tax, welcomes refugee announcement

The rising cost of living is foremost on the minds of many right now, as the price of food and petrol soar.

Earlier today, the Māori Party announced it wanted the government to cut the 15% Good and Services Tax (GST) from kai to help combat price surges.

On Te Ao Tapatahi today, Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer said while the government's tax relief at the pump was welcomed, it was not enough.


Te Pāti Māori could choose next government

MMP machinations are back with a vengeance - and the Māori Party just became Parliament’s powerbroker.

The latest 1News/Kantar Public Poll shows voters are split between possible Labour/Greens or National/Act coalitions.

The government-deciding factor would be the Māori Party if polls continue to trend this way.

This poll found National had shot ahead of Labour on 39% compared with Labour’s 37%.

National rose seven percentage points, and Labour fell three percentage points to its lowest figure since 2017.

The Green Party had 9% and Act 8%.

Māori Party year in review - 'Māori still at the bottom of the cliff'

They're the smallest political party in Parliament but, what they lack in numbers, they make up in noise both in and out of the House. Te Pāti Māori co-leaders Rāwiri Waititi and Debbie Ngārewa Packer sat down with our political team to talk about 2021.

Ngārewa Packer has spent a sizeable portion of her political year on the tools in Taranaki with an aim of getting the vaccination rates up. She says she's a service leader and when Covid hit the Taranaki region, she immediately wanted to go home and help.

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