Parekura Horomia in 2008
|40th Minister of Māori Affairs|
|Preceded by||Dover Samuels|
|Succeeded by||Pita Sharples|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
27 November 1999 – 29 April 2013
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Meka Whaitiri|
(at 2011 election)
9 November 1950|
Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
|Died||29 April 2013
Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
|Committees||Māori Affairs Committee|
Horomia was born in Tolaga Bay of Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga Hauiti, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu descent. He had seven brothers and sisters. As a schoolboy he used to walk five kilometres to school and back without shoes.
In his early life, he worked as a manual labourer, then as a printer in the newspaper industry. Later Horomia became involved in the Department of Labour's East Coast work schemes and was appointed to supervisory positions—rising to general manager of the Community Employment Group by 1992.
At the same time, he began to take on a number of prominent positions with Māori community organisations.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In the 1999 elections, Horomia stood as the Labour Party candidate for the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate, a Māori electorate on the east coast of the North Island, stretching from Gisborne to Upper Hutt. He defeated Derek Fox, a prominent figure in Māori politics who was standing as an independent candidate.
In the new Labour government formed after that election, Horomia became a minister outside cabinet, being Associate Minister of Māori Affairs, Associate Minister for Economic Development, Associate Minister of Employment, and Associate Minister of Education. In 2000, Dover Samuels was forced to step down as Minister of Māori Affairs after criminal allegations were made against him, and Horomia was appointed in his place. Although Samuels was cleared, it was decided that Horomia would retain the Māori Affairs portfolio.
Horomia played a significant role in setting up Maori Television and expanding the role of iwi radio in New Zealand. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark said she had frequently relied on his knowledge of Maoridom and Maoritanga and his input was crucial to the Foreshore and Seabed legislation, which Labour passed in 2004 while he was minister. After the controversial bill became law, Associate Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia resigned from Labour to form the Maori Party. The law was repealed by the National Government in 2011.
Horomia was overweight for much of his life. He talked about his health battles and tried to lose weight many times. In 2004 he went on a public diet to encourage others to do the same. He died at his home on 29 April 2013 at the age of 62. As Horomia was an electorate MP, a by-election was held on 29 June 2013 to elect a replacement.
Tributes after his death came from not only his Labour MP colleagues, but also the opposition. Labour leader David Shearer cut short a trip to Washington to attend his funeral and said he had "an incredible work ethic, travelling to all parts of the country. He was accepted at pretty much every marae in the country, he was incredibly well-liked, had enormous heart, who worked so hard for his people."
- "Labour MP Parekura Horomia dies, age 62". 3 News NZ. 29 April 2013.
- "Ministerial List for Announcement on 31 October 2007" (DOC) (Press release). New Zealand Government. 31 October 2007.
- Maiden speech to parliament 15 February 2000
- Ikaroa-Rawhiti results 2008
- Labour MP Parekura Horomia dies, age 62
- Horomia funeral delayed, Auckland Now, 30 April 2013
- "Labour MP Parekura Horomia dies". The New Zealand Herald. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Small, Vernon; Hamish Rutherford (1 May 2013). "Key to miss funeral after change of day". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- "Tributes flow in for Parekura Horomia". 3 News NZ. 29 April 2013.
- "Horomia's 'king-sized' life remembered". 3 News NZ. 30 April 2013.
- "Army drafted in to feed mourners". 3 News NZ. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
|Minister of Māori Affairs