Rahui Katene

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Rahui Katene
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tonga
In office
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
Preceded by Mahara Okeroa
Succeeded by Rino Tirikatene
Majority 1,049 (45.73%)
Personal details
Born Nelson, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Māori Party
Spouse(s) Dr Selwyn Katene
Children 5
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website http://www.tetaitonga.maori.nz

Rahui Katene (née Hippolite) is a New Zealand politician. She was elected to the 49th New Zealand Parliament at the 2008 general election representing the Māori Party in the seat of Te Tai Tonga, but lost in the 2011 general election to Labour's Rino Tirikatene.


Katene is of Ngati Koata, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Toa and Kai Tahu descent.

Early years[edit]

Katene formerly worked as a lawyer, and previously worked at Te Ratonga Ture / Māori Legal Services.

Katene is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Te Tai Tonga 7 Māori

Prior to the 2008 general election, Katene initially missed out on the Māori Party candidacy for Te Tai Tonga to Monte Ohia. However Rahui became the candidate following Ohia's death.[2]

She defeated incumbent Labour MP Mahara Okeroa with an election night majority of 684.[3]

In 2009 her Te Rā o Matariki Bill/Matariki Day Bill, which would have made Matariki a public holiday, was drawn from the member's ballot.[4] The bill was defeated at its first reading.[5]

In 2010, her member's bill to remove Goods and Services Tax from healthy food was drawn from the member's ballot.[6] The bill gathered support although Labour leader Phil Goff favoured a simpler exemption on just fruit and vegetables.[7] It was defeated at its first reading: National, ACT and United Future voted against the bill while Labour, the Greens, the Maori Party and the Progressive Party supported it.[8][9]

Since leaving Parliament Katene has remained active in the Maori Party and was briefly in the media spotlight for failing to remove her designation as an MP from social media, a revelation discovered after she appeared in new articles criticing her replacement, Rino Tirikatene who she argued was not listening to the electorate.[10] In early 2013 Katene put her hat in the ring to replace out-going leader Tariana Turia who had announced she would retire at the 2014 General election.[11] katene has also been working for the Maori Council as a spokeswomen, supporting their legal challenges to the sale into mixed-ownership of Crown owned Assets.[12]


  1. ^ The Māori Party (30 March 2009). "Speech: Katene - Te Hui Amorangi o Te Wai Pounamu". Scoop. 
  2. ^ Rahui Katene to stand for Māori Party in Te Tai Tonga
  3. ^ Election results 2008
  4. ^ "Te Rā o Matariki Bill/Matariki Day Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 656 5703.
  6. ^ "Goods and Services Tax (Exemption of Healthy Food) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Rahui Katene and Phil Goff". Q+A with Paul Holmes. TVNZ. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bid to remove GST from healthy food fails". NZPA. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Support for scrapping GST on healthy food". ONE News. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
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External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Mahara Okeroa
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tonga
Succeeded by
Rino Tirikatene