Dave Hereora

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Dave Hereora
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party List
In office
Personal details
Born (1956-08-09)9 August 1956
Died 5 August 2014(2014-08-05) (aged 57)
Nationality New Zealand

David Murray Hereora (9 August 1956 – 5 August 2014) was a New Zealand trade unionist and politician. He was a list MP for the Labour Party from 2002 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

Hereora was born in 1956. He was a worker at Affco Meatworks and became a trade union organiser.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–05 47th List 38 Labour
2005–08 48th List 39 Labour

Hereora was first elected to Parliament in the 2002 elections, standing unsuccessfully against National's Judith Collins in Clevedon but nevertheless entering Parliament as a list MP. He was Māori Vice-President of the Labour Party.[1] Hereroa served until 2008 as Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee.

He stood unsuccessfully again in 2008 against Judith Collins in the new Papakura electorate, however he was not elected even as a list MP due to a big swing against Labour to National, having been given a lower rating on the Labour list.[2]

After leaving Parliament Hereora returned to union organising, working with the Service & Food Workers Union in mediation talks at the Papakura Griffin Foods manufacturing plant.[3]

He died on 5 August 2014. Labour leader David Cunliffe paid tribute, saying that Hereora "dedicated his life to the fight for low income workers."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Former MPs: Dave Hereora". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Snub for Labour's Maori caucus boss". Dominion Post. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Griffin's settlement ratified" (PDF). Our Voice. Service & Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (2): 23. Winter 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dave Hereora a fighter for workers". Waatea News. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.