NZ Election 2020: Who will take the Waiariki electorate seat?

Hannah Tamaki, Tamati Coffey and Rawiri Waititi.
Hannah Tamaki, Tamati Coffey and Rawiri Waititi. Photo credit: Getty/Facebook/ Rawiri Waititi.

There are some strong contenders for the Waiariki electorate seat in 2020.

The position will be vied for by incumbent Labour MP Tamati Coffey, newcomer Hannah Tamaki, and Māori Party candidate Rawiri Waititi.

All three candidates will go head-to-head in a live debate hosted by The Hui on Tuesday.

The debate will begin at 8pm and all three aspiring representatives will have their chance to prove why they are the best person for the job.

Coffey believes the Government has done a lot for the electorate, which stretches from Waihi to Lake Taupō. By strengthening whānau through investing in iwi and community-led projects that create jobs, providing more houses, and free lunches in schools, he believes he has ensured Wairiki has been revitalised.

He's facing Tamaki, whose controversial Vision NZ Party has already caused a stir. As co-leader of Destiny Church alongside husband and bishop Brian Tamaki, she has engaged in communities through programmes such as Man Up, Legacy, and Youth Nation. 

Tamaki wants to focus on ending homelessness and child uplifts, ceasing broken homes, and inequality in the region by getting to the root of the problem and healing homes. 

Also stepping up to the challenge is Waititi. He has indicated he will be campaigning on issues such as climate change and how indigenous knowledge can help preserve the environment. 

He also wants to overhaul Oranga Tamariki. 

Unemployment, housing and homelessness, a standard of living, and the environmental issues are on the table in this electorate at any given time, but COVID-19 has of course, and will, exacerbate this.

With all that going on, the next three years are going to be heavy going - and there are lots for voters to consider when they head to the booths. Tune in to the Waiariki electorate debate to see why the candidates believe they are the best person for the job.