Nanaia Mahuta

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The Honourable
Nanaia Mahuta
MP
Minister for Local Government
In office
2005–2008
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Chris Carter
Succeeded by Rodney Hide
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Hauāuru
In office
1999–2002
Preceded by Tukuroirangi Morgan
Succeeded by Tariana Turia
Majority 6,233[1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tainui
In office
2002–2008
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Majority 3,430[1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hauraki-Waikato
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by New constituency
Majority 1,046[2]
Personal details
Political party Labour

Nanaia Cybelle Mahuta[3] (born 21 August 1970) is a New Zealand politician who was a cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand. She was Minister of Customs, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Youth Development, Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Tourism.[4] She has strong links to the Māori King Movement, being the daughter of Sir Robert Mahuta, who was the adopted son of King Korokī and the elder brother of Māori Queen Te Atairangikaahu. She has an MA (Hons) in social anthropology.[5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1999 45th List 8 Labour
1999–2002 46th Te Tai Hauāuru 10 Labour
2002–2005 47th Tainui 19 Labour
2005–2008 48th Tainui none Labour
2008–2011 49th Hauraki-Waikato 10 Labour
2011 – present 50th Hauraki-Waikato 12 Labour

Mahuta was first elected to Parliament in the 1996 elections, when she became a list MP. In the 1999 elections, she won the Te Tai Hauauru electorate, and in the 2002 elections, she won Tainui. Before the 2008 general election the electorate boundaries were changed and it was renamed Hauraki-Waikato. She held the seat with a majority of 888.[2]

Foreshore and seabed controversy[edit]

In 2004, she joined Tariana Turia, another Labour MP, in voting against the first reading of her party's legislation on the controversial foreshore and seabed issue. She did not, however, join Turia when she quit Labour to found the Māori Party. In the bill's second reading, she again voted against her party, but in the third reading, she changed her position and supported it, saying that while it had "serious flaws, ... at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do".

Cabinet minister[edit]

In the 2005 general election Mahuta held her electorate seat of Tainui. Subsequently, Mahuta as part of the Labour-Progressive coalition government, was Minister of Customs, Youth Development and Associate Environment and Local Government. Mahuta lost her portfolios when Labour were defeated in the 2008 general election.

In opposition[edit]

Following the defeat of the Labour government in the 2008 election, Mahuta was appointed spokesperson for Maori Social Development.[6]

In 2009, her Resource Management (Enhancement of Iwi Management Plans) Amendment Bill, which gives more weight to Māori in resource management decisions, was drawn from the member's ballot.[7] The bill was defeated at its first reading in August.[7]

On 15 June 2010, Opposition Leader Phil Goff appointed Mahuta to be Portfolio Spokesperson for Energy and Associate Portfolio Spokesperson for Law and Order. Energy was a portfolio formerly held by Shane Jones. At the same time, in addition to the portfolio appointments, both Mahuta and Charles Chauvel were moved to the parliamentary front bench.

References[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tuku Morgan
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Tariana Turia
New constituency Member of Parliament for Tainui
2002–2008
Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament for Hauraki-Waikato
2008
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Carter
Minister of Local Government
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Rodney Hide