Seats in Parliament

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

Te Tai Tonga

From Lower Hutt, across to Makara in the North Island, and then down to include the capital city and all of the South Island, including Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands, that’s the Te Tai Tonga region. The big cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin are a part of this electorate. 

Labour Party's Rino Tirikatene is the incumbent MP for Te Tai Tonga.

Previous result in Te Tai Tonga.
Current MP Rino Tirikatene (LABOUR)
Majority 4,676
Total votes 24,166

Te Tai Tonga - Live Results

Te Tai Tonga - Provisional Result

Provisional Result

Electorate seat winner

Rino Tirikatene

Labour Party
Votes: 11,128 (52%)
Margin: 5,643 (26%)

100% of booths reporting as at 1:42am

Live candidate results for Te Tai Tonga

Rino Tirikatene

11128 votes 52%

Tākuta Ferris

5485 votes 26%

Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati

2466 votes 12%

Anituhia Rebel McDonald

1129 votes 5%

Matiu Thoms

652 votes 3%

Raymond Tuhaka

467 votes 2%

Party vote

Party vote winner

Labour Party

Votes: 13,056 (60%)
Margin: 10,459 (48%)
Live party results for Te Tai Tonga
Labour Party
13056 votes 100%
Green Party
2597 votes 20%
Māori Party
1838 votes 14%
National Party
1219 votes 9%
New Zealand First Party
787 votes 6%
ACT New Zealand
609 votes 5%
Advance NZ
416 votes 3%
The Opportunities Party (TOP)
401 votes 3%
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
340 votes 3%
New Conservative
165 votes 1%
Vision New Zealand
84 votes 1%
ONE Party
65 votes 0%
NZ Outdoors Party
38 votes 0%
36 votes 0%
Sustainable New Zealand Party
9 votes 0%
Social Credit
8 votes 0%
TEA Party
5 votes 0%
Advance NZ
0 votes 0%
0 votes 0%

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24 Covid deaths and 8,638 new cases for past two days

In the first update since Matariki, the Ministry of Health is reporting 24 people have died with Covid-19, including a person in their 50s. 

The ministry says 8,638 new community cases have been recorded during the past two days. There are currently 33,137 active cases across Aotearoa.

Thirteen men and 11 women are among those who died, with 23 of the deaths recorded in June and one death in May. They include the person in their 50s, and one person who was in their 60s, four in their 70s, 11 in their 80s and seven who were aged over 90. 


'This is when we came of age' - Sir Pou Temara

Source / Te Papa

Tohunga Māori conducted a pre-dawn hautapu ceremony at Te Papa on Friday to launch the first Matariki public holiday.

The ceremony was led by Sir Pou Temara.

“This is a moment that future generations will look upon and say 'this is when we came of age'," he said.

Professor Rangi Matamua, who led the Matariki Advisory Committee that guided the creation of the new public holiday, also emphasised this theme.

“Matariki is something to share as a nation and to forge us together under one identity.”

Noa Blankets releases second collection to honour Māori navigators

Blankets played a major part in New Zealand's colonial history but now they’re playing a big part in the bright future of an entrepreneurial couple from Tauranga Moana.

Josh and Whakaawa Te Kani (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) established the Noa Blankets Company last year and their first collection sold out within 24 hours.  

Last night they launched their second collection for Matariki, The Way Farer, at the Tauranga Art Gallery 

The collection of designs honour traditional navigators.

Bringing whānau closer to the stars on the basketball court

The basketball community in Te Whanganui a Tara has organised a three-day festival event that coincides with the country’s first public holiday for Matariki.

The Basketball Matariki Festival organizer Damien Ekenasio, who is general manager of Capital Basketball, says his organisation creates tournaments for different basketball providers such as Special Olympics and others.

Having this event at the time of the Māori New Year was to have people from all walks of life join in for the love of the game.

PM racking up air points on trade, security trips

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a jam-packed travel schedule this year, as part of the government's post-coronavirus reconnection strategy,

Despite her recent trips to the United States and Australia, she's now heading back to the northern hemisphere for the NATO leaders summit in Madrid where the war in Ukraine will be on the agenda.

This morning the prime minister talked to teaomā about New Zealand’s official position on the Ukraine war.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei brings in the New Year with a powerful ceremony

Early this morning Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei welcomed the public in Tāmaki Makaurau to join them for a special ceremony on top of Takaparawhau. 

Te Umu Kohukohu Whetū, the traditional ceremony to feed the Matariki cluster, began at dawn.

The traditional practice that died out in the 1900s was reignited.


Dip in new Covid cases

New community cases are down today with the Ministry of Health reporting 3,235 Covid-19 cases for Sunday, slightly down on Saturday's 4,404.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 4,991 today, down on last Sunday's 5,919.

There are currently 34,922 active cases of Covid across Aotearoa.

The ministry says five more people have died with the virus, including two women and three men. Two of those people were in their 60s and three were aged over 90.  They were from Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson-Marlborough and Canterbury DHB regions.


Blood Donors: Māori and Pasifika more likely to have 'very rare' blood type

Photo / File

Māori and Pasifika blood is so unique that the New Zealand Blood Service is highlighting the importance of donors from the two communities.

A very rare blood type called Jk3 can be found in about one in every 100 Māori and Pasifika donors, with the chances of finding the blood type in these communities greater than other ethnic groups, it says.

“Māori and Pasifika blood is quite unique,” Asuka Burge, the organisation's national marketing manager says.


Person in 40s among 11 new Covid deaths

A person in their 40s and another in their 50s are among the 11 Covid-related deaths reported by the Health Ministry today.

"This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them," the ministry said in its Saturday update.

The others who died in the past seven days who the ministry reported about today, included five people in their 70s, one person in their 80s, and three people who were aged over 90.

Four were women and seven were men. 

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