Annette Te Imaima Sykes (born c.1961) is a Rotorua activist and lawyer who fights for the rights of Māori tribes to be self-governing. She was ranked third on the joint Internet Mana list for the New Zealand general election, 2014.
She is a graduate of University of Auckland and has been practising as a lawyer since 1984. She is a consultant for law firm Kathy Ertel and Co. She is a human rights lawyer specialising in the rights of indigenous peoples to promote their own systems of law.
Sykes is an advocate for Māori independence and a nuclear free, genetic engineering free independent Pacific. She was a Māori Party member but became a prominent member of the Mana Party in 2011. She was listed second on the Mana Party list for the 2011 election, as well as standing unsuccessfully in the Waiariki electorate. She contested Waiariki for the Mana Party again in 2014, and was third on the combined Internet MANA list, but was not elected. She did not contest the 2017 election.
Work and reaction
Sykes has been heavily criticised for her work regarding Māori independence, having received death threats and bullets in her letterbox in retaliation for her work. She has also been an outspoken supporter of controversial figures in Māori politics such as Titewhai Harawira which has earned her much criticism.
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