Marama Fox

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Marama Fox
2015 Portrait of Marama Fox 01.JPG
Marama Fox in December 2015
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Māori Party List
In office
20 September 2014 – 23 September 2017
Co-Leader of the Māori Party
In office
October 2014 – 5 September 2018
Co-leading with Te Ururoa Flavell
Preceded byTariana Turia
Personal details
Political partyMāori Party

Marama Kahu Fox is a former New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the Māori Party. Following her election to parliament, she was named Māori Party co-leader alongside Te Ururoa Flavell, replacing party founder Tariana Turia.

Private life and professional career[edit]

When Fox was born, the youngest of five children, the family lived in the Porirua suburb of Cannons Creek. Her father, Ernest Richard "Ernie" Smith, was pākehā and a teacher. Her mother, Frances Smith, founded a pre-school. In the early 1970s, the family lived in Christchurch, where Fox attended Elmwood Primary School in Merivale, Heaton Normal Intermediate, and then Christchurch Girls' High School.[1]

Fox lives in Masterton and has nine children. Prior to becoming an MP, she worked as a teacher and had been in education for 26 years.[2] Fox has described herself as being "a badge wearing Mormon".[3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
20142017 51st List 2 Māori

At the 2014 election Fox stood in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate, before being elected via the party list.[2][4] Fox was the Māori Party's first-ever list MP.[5] Fox was appointed co-leader of the Maori Party, succeeding Tariana Turia. She lost her seat at the 2017 election when the Maori Party failed to win any seats and the opposition Labour Party captured all seven of the Māori electorates. Fox expressed bitterness at her defeat and remarked that New Zealand had voted for a return to the "age of colonisation."[6]


  1. ^ Husband, Dale (12 April 2015). "I wanted to know what they were saying". e-tangata. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Farmer, Don (28 August 2014). "Fox climbs to No 2 on list". Wairarapa Times-Age. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. ^ Trevett, Claire (31 October 2014). "Maori Party's new co-leader: Headstrong Marama Fox reveals her cuss word". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. ^ Laing, Doug (20 September 2014). "Meka Whaitiri wins Ikaroa-Rawhiti". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  5. ^ "New role for Flavell in National deal". 5 October 2014. Archived from the original on 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ Satherley, Dan (24 September 2017). "NZ voted for return to 'the age of colonisation' – Marama Fox". Newshub. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  • Blackwell, Geoff; Hobday, Ruth (2017). "Marama Fox". 200 Women. United States: Chronicle Books LLC. pp. 170–171. ISBN 978-1-4521-6658-2.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tariana Turia
Co-leader of the Māori Party