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Howie Tamati named Maori Party hopeful

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/10/2016

The Maori Party is hoping Howie Tamati will be the man to take back the Te Tai Hauauru seat for them in next year's election.

The former league star has been revealed as the candidate to contest the seat held by Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe since 2014.

Mr Rurawhe won the seat after the retirement of former Maori Party leader Tariana Turia.

"Howie has the reach we need to win this seat, even Maori people who don't vote know him," party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said.

"Howie is a true son of Taranaki, of Te Tai Hauauru and of Aotearoa who we know will be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to mobilising Maori to vote for him and our party."

Mr Tamati was selected against Debbie Ngarewa-Packer in what Mr Morgan described as an "extremely difficult decision" because of the quality of the nominees.

He is currently the Sport Taranaki chief executive and has previously served 15 years on the New Plymouth District Council.

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