Seats in Parliament

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


From Wellington in the south, to Potaka, and inland to the Tarawera township, the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti region is a long and vast electorate. It includes towns like Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Masterton and the Hutt. 

Labour Party's Meka Whaitiri is the incumbent MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

Previous result in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.
Current MP Meka Whaitiri (LABOUR)
Majority 4,210
Total votes 23,530

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti - Live Results

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti - Provisional Result

Provisional Result

Electorate seat winner

Meka Whaitiri

Labour Party
Votes: 10,833 (57%)
Margin: 5,052 (26%)

100% of booths reporting as at 1:33am

Live candidate results for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

Meka Whaitiri

10833 votes 57%

Heather Te Au-Skipworth

5781 votes 30%

Elizabeth Kerekere

1535 votes 8%

Waitangi Kupenga

579 votes 3%

Melissa Hill

199 votes 1%

Kelly Thurston

150 votes 1%

Party vote

Party vote winner

Labour Party

Votes: 13,246 (69%)
Margin: 10,980 (57%)
Live party results for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
Labour Party
13246 votes 100%
Māori Party
2266 votes 17%
Green Party
1219 votes 9%
New Zealand First Party
756 votes 6%
Advance NZ
452 votes 3%
National Party
436 votes 3%
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
254 votes 2%
ACT New Zealand
165 votes 1%
The Opportunities Party (TOP)
139 votes 1%
ONE Party
127 votes 1%
Vision New Zealand
103 votes 1%
New Conservative
83 votes 1%
NZ Outdoors Party
39 votes 0%
Sustainable New Zealand Party
6 votes 0%
Social Credit
3 votes 0%
2 votes 0%
TEA Party
2 votes 0%
Advance NZ
0 votes 0%
0 votes 0%

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Te Kura i Awarua: Māori research centre opens in Ngāti Kahungunu rohe

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A new research centre, Te Kura i Awarua, has opened in Ngāti Kahungunu rohe at the Hawke’s Bay Campus of EIT Te Pūkenga, the largest tertiary provider in the region.

Te Kura i Awarua - which means ‘the precious objects from Awarua’ - was opened on Tuesday in Napier, with Ngāti Kahungunu executive chair Bayden Barber and mana whenua from Ngāti Pārau among those in attendance at a pōwhiri for the centre opening.

Dr Annemarie Gillies, EIT Professor Rangahau Māori, says the centre is especially significant for Ngāti Kahungunu.


Takeaway packaging latest single-use plastic banned

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Single-use takeaway packaging is among plastic items banned from sale or manufacture from today.

The list of outlawed plastics includes single-use drink stirrers, plastic cotton buds, most plastic meat trays, polystyrene takeaway packaging for food and beverages, foam takeaway containers or some instant noodle cups, and plastics with additives which make them fragment into micro-plastics.

Firefighter takes Fire and Emergency NZ to Waitangi Tribunal

Senior Māori firefighter, Allan Brown, from the Hastings Fire Station, has filed a Waitangi Tribunal claim against Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), arguing the organisation, has ignored and neglected Māori-led solutions, including an educational programme called, Te Kōtuku that Brown has been running for more than 20 years.

Brown, of Ngāti Kahungunu, says the reason for his claim is he has witnessed injustices of bias and discrimination and is making a stand on behalf of his whānau, hapū and iwi.


Police increase estimate of deleted unlawfully taken photos

Police have deleted upwards of 11,000 files after they were found to be unlawfully taking photos of Māori rangatahi and adults.

Earlier this month, a joint Police Conduct Authority and Privacy Commission report recommended police change their approach to photographing the public, after Wairarapa whānau complained about police photographing rangatahi unfairly in 2020.


'Honour people who contributed to Aotearoa': Petition to redesign NZ's money

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Dame Whina Cooper, Eva Rickard or women's suffrage campaigner Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia are a better choice for NZ's $20 notes than a British monarch, Te Matahiapo Safari Hynes (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu) has told RNZ.

The Wellington student has launched a petition to redesign NZ's coins and notes with images that better represent Aotearoa.

Hynes says trees like pōhutukawa, harakeke plants or birds such as huia better reflect who we are as a country.

Te Tai Rāwhiti Arts Festival gets $1.6m boost to budget

Creative NZ is investing $54 million into its art programme, Toi Uru Kahikatea, to strengthen the arts post-Covid 19 and expand the range of events across the motu.

One of the 58 recipients is Te Tai Rāwhiti Arts Festival, which will receive more than $1.6 million over three years. 

The organiser of Te Tai Rāwhiti Arts Festival, Tama Waipara, says the money will help planning and the profile of Māori arts. He is full of praise and thanks for the funding support of $1.6 million.

Minister tries relationship rebuild with India

Is there hope for a future India-New Zealand trade alliance?

India is among New Zealand's top 15 trading partners with two-way trade in goods and services, worth $2.2 billion but the two countries have never managed to agree on New Zealand's favourite kind of agreement, an FTA without tariffs, or even a limited agreement.

Hāngi Master collaborates with Asian food manufacturers for hāngi steamed buns

A new collaboration will see one of New Zealand's most prominent Asian food manufacturers join forces with hāngi master Rewi Spraggon, to produce an industry first, a hāngī pork steamed bun, to be sold in supermarkets. 

The company, Old Country Foods, is also expanding to make vegan and 'free from' products, and is now fielding export opportunities, following a post-pandemic surge in international demand.

The fusion of Māori and Asian cuisine can be heated in the microwave in just one minute.

First all-wāhine Māori stand-up comedy show for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

An all-wāhine Māori stand-up comedian lineup is part of the Auckland Fringe Festival this week with their show called, 'Shoes Off (at the door)', and it features five wāhine Māori comedians also known as the Māori comedy avengers.

The show will run for five nights across 'Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori', starting this week at the Basement Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau until this Saturday.

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