Two Māori National MPs inducted in to Parliament for the first time

By Harata Brown

Two of National's nine Māori MPs are being inducted for their first time to the Lions' Den this week.  Both say at the top of their agenda in Parliament is advocating the issues of their hometowns.

Although Tutehounuku Karako is 50th on the National Party list, he is confident he will remain as a new MP after the special vote results of the general election are known.

Out of the nine National Māori MPs, Dr Shane Reti and Tutehounuku Korako are the newest to the caucus.

Reti was elected as MP for the Whangarei general electorate. The Ngāti Wai and Tainui descendant says his personal goal is to create 3000 new jobs in Northland through National's transport plans as well as helping to settle any outstanding Treaty Settlements in the North.

Although Korako was not elected as the MP of the Christchurch general electorate of Port Hills, he says that he wants to continue to work towards the Christchurch rebuild, especially rebuilding of some of its schools.

Dr Shane Reti's election to Parliament follows a long serving career as a doctor in the health sector and Tutehounuku Korako's was a tourism entrepreneur and also served as a representative on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu's governance body and commercial board.