Mahara Okeroa

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The Honourable
Mahara Okeroa
Mahara Okeroa.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Tonga
In office
27 November 1999 – 8 November 2008
Preceded by Tutekawa Wyllie
Succeeded by Rahui Katene
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 71–72)
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour
Profession Teacher, public servant, MP

Mahara Okeroa is a former New Zealand politician who as a member of the Labour Party, represented the Te Tai Tonga Māori electorate as a Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2008.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th Te Tai Tonga none Labour
2002–2005 47th Te Tai Tonga 33 Labour
2005–2008 48th Te Tai Tonga 22 Labour

Born in Waitara in 1946, Okeroa worked as a teacher before entering politics.

He entered Parliament by defeating the incumbent Tu Wyllie of the New Zealand First Party in the 1999 general election. He served as a Minister of State and Associate Minister of Arts, Culture & Heritage; Conservation and Social Development & Employment in the Clark cabinet.

In the 2008 general election, Rahui Katene of the Māori Party out-polled Okeroa by a margin of 1,049 votes.[1] Okeroa's low party-list placing of 40 meant he did not return as a list Member during the 49th Parliament. Okeroa did not stand in the 2011 General Election and has since been made Chair of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust replacing sacked Chair Sir Ngātata Love.[2][3]

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tutekawa Wyllie
Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tonga
Succeeded by
Rahui Katene