|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tonga
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
|Preceded by||Mahara Okeroa|
|Succeeded by||Rino Tirikatene|
|Born||Nelson, New Zealand|
|Political party||Māori Party|
|Spouse(s)||Dr Selwyn Katene|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
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 formerly worked as a lawyer, and previously worked at Te Ratonga Ture / Māori Legal Services.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|2008–2011||49th||Te Tai Tonga||7||Māori|
In 2010, her member's bill to remove Goods and Services Tax from healthy food was drawn from the member's ballot. The bill gathered support although Labour leader Phil Goff favoured a simpler exemption on just fruit and vegetables. 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.
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. 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. 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.
- The Māori Party (30 March 2009). "Speech: Katene - Te Hui Amorangi o Te Wai Pounamu". Scoop.
- Rahui Katene to stand for Māori Party in Te Tai Tonga
- Election results 2008
- "Te Rā o Matariki Bill/Matariki Day Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
- New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 656 5703.
- "Goods and Services Tax (Exemption of Healthy Food) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- "Interview with Rahui Katene and Phil Goff". Q+A with Paul Holmes. TVNZ. July 18, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Bid to remove GST from healthy food fails". NZPA. 2010-09-09. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Support for scrapping GST on healthy food". ONE News. July 13, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tonga