2017 List Candidates



Hone Pani Tamati Waka Nene HARAWIRA 

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HONE is a Māori Activist, and the leader of the MANA Movement. 

He was born in Whāngarei and attended St Stephens before going on to Auckland University where he joined Ngā Tamatoa in the early 70's. 

HONE stood with Ngāti Whatua at Bastion Point, led He Taua against racism at Auckland University, led the Waitangi Action Committee fight for Treaty rights, led the Patu Squad during the Springbok Tour of 1981, got arrested, called Bishop Tutu as his witness...and won! 

HONE led the Kawariki in 1980's, unveiled the Tino Rangatiratanga flag in 1990, and met Nelson Mandela in 1995. 

HONE has also visited the New People's Army in the Philippines, addressed the Physicists' Against Nuclear War conference in Moscow, attended the International Indian Treaty Council, campaigned against the bombing of Kaho'olawe in Hawai'i, and participated in numerous Indigenous Gatherings around the world. 

In 1985, HONE and his whānau moved back to their tribal homelands in the far north of Aotearoa, and over the next 30 years, HONE dedicated his life to developing Māori potential. 

In line with that philosophy, HONE served as General Manager for the Aupouri Ngāti Kahu Te Rarawa Trust, Āniwaniwa Kokiri, Te Wānanga Reo o Te Tai Tokerau, Aupōuri Māori Trust Board, and Te Hiku Media where he started Te Hiku FM, Sunshine FM, Tai FM, Country FM and Tehiku TV

During that time HONE also chaired the Far North Rugby League, Rangaunu Sports Club, Āniwaniwa Kohanga Reo, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa, Te Wharekura o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa and Te Wānanga o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa

HONE has also held national appointments including Chair of Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori o Aotearoa, Chair of Te Pūtahi Pāoho and Member of Te Māngai Pāho

In 2004 HONE led Maoridom's largest ever protest, the Foreshore & Seabed March, which launched him in to the NZ Parliament where he served as MP for Tai Tokerau, from 2005-2014.  During that time, HONE led a crusade to make Aotearoa Smokefree by 2025, led the Feed the Kids campaign, and supported a number of other Indigenous activities and Anti-Poverty initiatives

In 2014 HONE has rebuilt the ANT Trust and runs a prisoner reintegration programme and a Whānau Ora contract.  He also launched the Taitokerau Rugby League and one of NZ's most innovative social service programmes, Open the Curtains.  He continues to serve on the Board of his kura, and is engaged in creating and supporting a number of other training and employment initiatives across the north. 

HONE has wide tribal connections throughout Tai Tokerau.  His mother is from Ngāti Hau and Ngāpuhi, and his father is from Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Whātua.  Hone's wife Hilda is from Ngāti Whātua and Te Rarawa.  They have 7 children, 7 mokopuna and two great grandchildren. 

Contact: 021 865 372 or hone@tehiku.com 


Lisa McNAB 

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LISA is a second-generation health activist, and a stalwart of the MANA Movement. 

She was born in Te Paatu in the Far North the daughter of Waireti and Taotu Walters 

LISA was educated at Pamapuria School, then completed schooling in Auckland attending Three Kings Primary, Normal Intermediate and Mt Roskill Grammar. She completed tertiary studies in Māori development and public health at Auckland University, Christchurch College of Education and most recently Auckland University of Technology.  

Her early career was in the hospitality trade where she was one of the first Māori women to work as a manager overseeing a number of Liquor outlets. After 4 years living in Brisbane, LISA returned with her husband Wiremu and three children  to Kaitaia where she currently resides. 

LISA is actively involved in the COMMUNITY in a number of levels.  She supported her tamariki by becoming involved as Board of Trustees member in all the schools as the children transitioned from primary through to college. In this mahi she consolidated experience in governance and advocating for equity for Māori tamariki. LISA also coached various sports teams, championing fair play, Māori participation, alongside the pursuit of excellence. 

Within her professional roles in Māori public health Lisa has specialised in advocacy and enabling tino rangatiratangaLISA is recognised as a leader in this field and has participated on a multitude of national and regional advisory committees and boards – including for the Ministry of Health, Northland District Health Board, Toi Tangata, Te Reo Marama and the Obesity Coalition

LISA was for many years on the Executive of the NZ Public Health Association (PHA) and founded a Te Tai Tokerau branch of the PHA. She has led several major Māori-led health hui, expanded the Māori membership of this rōpū and strengthened engagement outside of the traditional public health sector. LISA is also a founding member of STIR: STOP institutional racism who next month will present an extensive shadow report to the United Nations about racism in the health sector. 

As Chair of her Marae Te Paatu LISA led a significant ten-year refurbishment project. This involved re-engaging whānau with the marae, navigating bureaucracy, hapū politics and sourcing scarce funding. LISA has spent a three-year term on the Far North District Council through the Te Hiku Community Board bring Māori voice into council and learning about how government works. 

LISA is a founding and active member of MANA.  Initially as the electorate chair for Te Tai Tokerau when Hone was in the Māori Party, and continuing to lead the rohe as Chair and since 2011 became the national President of MANA. She is a strong strategist, often fronts the media while continuing to engage with grass roots members. 

LISA has grit and completed the Houtaewa Challenge half marathon three times and participated in Iron Māori several times and remains a champion of Māori health. 

Actively involved in marae, church and Iwi politics participating at a whānau and trustee level.  Chair of Te Hiku Media, He Whānau Marama Trust and Ngāti Kahu Social & Health Services, Treasurer of the Mangonui Netball Association and a board member to Toi TangataLISA has tribal connections to Te Paatu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kuri. Lisa’s husband Wiremu is from Scotland, hey have three children, three mokopuna.

“To be a strong voice for Māori and an advocate for Hauora“

Contact: 021 243 2467 or lisa@farmside.co.nz 




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Kia Ora Talofa lava Greetings 

My name is James Papali’i , I am of Irish and Samoan descent. I have a degree in Social Policy. 

I grew up in Māngere and have also brought my children up in this local community. 

I represented Māngere on the Manukau City Council from 1998-2006. During that time we built an indoor swimming pool in Māngere, a new library in Māngere East, Slam dunk courts and skate board parks and we designed and completed the plans for the recently opened Māngere Arts Centre. 

I am currently chairperson of the MANA Pasifika branch and one of the founding members of the Māngere MANA branch. I also am a member of the National MANA Executive and advocate for better policies to improve the lives of Pasifika people. 

I work for Manukau Urban Māori Authority as a Social Worker in the area of reducing family harm formally known as Domestic Violence. My mahi is centred around focusing on providing men with strategies to stop using violence or intimidation on their partners and families. 

I have stood for the Māngere Electorate in the past two elections and look forward to standing again at the elections scheduled in September.

“Better policies for Pasifika People”

Contact: 021 0330 884 or james@muma.co.nz 


Tracey-lee REPIA 

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Tracey-lee was born in Raetihi at the foothills of Mount Ruapehu. In preschool years, she moved to Wellington with her siblings and grandmother and begun her education in Wainuiomata, Porirua and Lower Hutt. 

Her grandmother passed away in the mid 1980’s and life changed for her and her siblings, and she was raised in various whānau homes.  In an unfortunate turn of events she found herself in state care, like most children fallen victim to the system. By an act of kindness and knowledge of her whakapapa,  her foster parents were able to reunite her with her whānau. Since then she has offered free advocacy in her community to Māori whānau who are navigating the CYF’s system, to help the process and make things easier for all.  She emphasizes whakapapa is  key to the solution and whānau are vital to the outcome of the child’s wellbeing. 

Tracey-lee was whāngai (Māori adoption) to her aunt and uncle who raised her in Porirua with 6 other whāngai siblings.  Tracey-lee spent time in Australia as a young adult raising her daughter as a single mum. She returned to Aotearoa in 2004 to ensure her daughter would be raised with her culture and her Te Reo Māori language. She attended university to study Law and is currently doing her Post grad Business – Māori Development degree . Tracey-lee believes education is vital for young Māori women to empower their whānau and hapū.  She sees education not as an individualist thing, but something to assist the greater collective. 

Tracey-lee  has managed and operated her own small businesses since she was in her mid-20’s.  Her passion is to grow whānau, through Māori business and partnering with the public sector so that whānau will prosper.  Although she thinks treaty settlements will help bring long term abundance to the Iwi, there is simply never enough to fix the problems immediately.  Tracey-lee  thinks whānau need to think more aligned with their ancestors and trading was a normal thing for them.  So should it be for Māori today. 

In 2009 Tracey-lee  started working for Parliamentary services  for MP Hone Harawira – Te Tai Tokerau working with constituents on case matters crossing all government sectors Child Youth & Family, WINZ, ACC, HNZ, union issues etc.  It was in this space she realized the gap between the rich and poor was widening, that state systems were struggling to find solutions. In fact she believes this nation has become a predictable accident waiting to happen, we are at the bottom of the hill and there’s no ambulance.  She is saddened with the level of poverty and child poverty in this country, politicians just haven’t done enough to protect the most vulnerable of our society. 

Tracey-lee looks forward to a day the country embraces a constitution that reflects the true nature of a partnership her ancestors believed in, one with a true partnership and equality with tauiwi one that isn’t piece meal.  Alongside MANA she would like to see this country adopt a constitution that embraces the sovereignty of Māori entrenching into law “He Whakaputanga & Tiriti O Waitangi”. 

“MANA is an old movement, not a new one – we are kaupapa Māori and that has been around for an eternity, we reflect our ancestors with our courage, our strengths, even with our imperfections, our holistic understanding of all that is natural in this world and beyond, is bound by spirit……this is our spirit in full flight, we are MANA”

“Trading was normal for our ancestors, so should it be for Māori today.” 

Contact: 021 0721166 or repia43@gmail.com 


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