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Who is New Zealand’s ‘haka’ MP?

NOTICER PROFILE – Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke

  • Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke is New Zealand’s youngest MP
  • Elected in October 2023, she is 21 years old
  • Lives in Huntly, a town southeast of Auckland
  • Performed a “haka” (Maori war cry) in her maiden speech to Parliament
  • Is an advocate for Maori rights and wants to stop young Maori joining gangs
  • Vows to protect Maori language and culture
  • Comes from a family of Maori activists
  • Has accused New Zealand’s new conservative government of “racist rhetoric
  • PM Christopher Luxon plans to repeal a raft of Maori-related policies
  • Maipi-Clarke’s party – Te Pati Maori – opposes the changes
  • Maori are overrepresented in New Zealand’s parliament
  • 27% of legislators are Maori, who make up about 17% of the population

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