Annette Sykes

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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.[1] She was ranked third on the joint Internet Mana list for the New Zealand general election, 2014.[2]

Annette Sykes


Sykes is of Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Makino descent, two of the confederated tribes of Te Arawa waka,[3] along with some British descent.

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[4] but became a prominent member of the Mana Party in 2011.[5] She was listed second on the Mana Party list for the 2011 election,[6] as well as standing unsuccessfully in the Waiariki electorate.[7] She contested Waiariki for the Mana Party again in 2014, and was third on the combined Internet MANA list, but was not elected.[8] She did not contest the 2017 election.

Work and reaction[edit]

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.[9] She has also been an outspoken supporter of controversial figures in Māori politics such as Titewhai Harawira which has earned her much criticism.[10]

Sykes was lawyer to high-profile activist Tame Iti[11] who was convicted of charges in relation to the 2007 New Zealand anti-terror raids.


  1. ^ "A new power in the land". The Dominion Post. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Annette Sykes formally announced as Waiariki candidate". Mana Party. 12 May 2014. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Annette Sykes". Māori Television. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ Kay, Martin (31 October 2010). "Maori consider new hikoi on foreshore". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (27 June 2011). "Mana Party to take policy plans on the road". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Party lists for the 2011 General Election | Elections New Zealand". 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. Annette
  7. ^ "Information for Voters in Waiariki | Elections New Zealand". 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2011. Waiariki
  8. ^ "Official Count Results -- Waiariki". Electoral Commission (New Zealand). 10 October 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  9. ^ Gregory, Angela; O'Sullivan, Fran (17 April 2002). "Stakes in treaty game high". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  10. ^ Ruth Berry (17 January 1999). "Waitangi activist at PM's side". The Sunday Star-Times. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  11. ^ "Iti and Tuhoe to make Waitangi mark". 30 January 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2011.