-By Maioha Panapa, Te Rito Journalism Cadet
A father and daughter are in the running to contest the Hauraki-Waikato electorate for Te Pāti Māori.
Māori broadcaster Potaka Maipi has confirmed Te Pāti Māori approached him and his daughter Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke to consider standing in the October elections.
However, Maipi indicated the party was looking for a youthful perspective and has discussed the possibility of his daughter being put forward as a potential candidate.
Maipi-Clarke (20) was delighted to be endorsed but said she had much to consider before making any decisions.
Labour Minister Nanaia Mahuta currently holds the seat with a majority of 68%. Labour also netted 64.7% of the party votes in the electorate.
Te Pāti Māori captured just 18% of votes for its candidate Donna Pokere-Phillips.
Maipi-Clarke acknowledged the hard work Nanaia Mahuta had done over the years. “If I were to go for the Hauraki-Waikato seat, I would be going up against the kaupapa of the party, not the person.”
The Parliamentary website states electorate candidates must be submitted by midday on September 15.