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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Te Pāti Māori has zero interest in parties wishing to 'undo policies that advance Māori' - Ngarewa-Packer

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Te Pāti Māori may take a different approach to coalition negotiations than it has in the past if it holds the balance of power after this year's election, says co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

Under previous leaders, the party has agreed traditional confidence and supply agreements but this time is keeping its options open.


'Still no Māori Prime Minister': Te Pāti Māori express disappointment

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Te Pāti Māori has expressed disappointment that there were no tangata whenua contenders for Prime Minister after Chris Hipkins emerged as the sole nominee for the role of New Zealand's new leader.

“Māori have supported Labour for 100 years. They have the largest Māori caucus ever, and we still don’t have a Māori Prime Minister,” said Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, who nevertheless congratulated Hipkins.


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'

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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%.

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