Te Tai Hauauru | #55 on the Labour list
Teena koutou nga Whanau, Marae, Hapu, Iwi o Te Tai Hauauru, my name is Soraya Peke-Mason I was born in Tokoroa and grew up in a struggling working class whanau at Castlecliff, Whanganui. My Father is Joseph Peke of Tainui descent, Ngati Tamatera and Mother Delphina Te Oraiti Taiaroa of Tuwharetoa/Atihaunui-a-Paparangi/ Morehu descent.
In the mid 70’s I ventured to Australia, then travelled the world before returning with background in Administration and Small Business. In identifying a market to serve our flax roots to medium sized Maaori Organisations, Land Trust Management Services Ltd was born. This lead to involvement in Maaori Tourism representing five Iwi at the table of the National Maaori Tourism Council.
The genesis into politics started after moving to Ratana Paa when in 2003 the community elected me to Local Government’s Ratana Community Board. After serving two terms I won a seat on the conservative rural Rangitikei District Council, currently serving a second term. During that time and following the same path as ngaa Tupuna me ngaa Kaumatua I served on Council’s 12 Iwi Standing Committee’ Te Roopu Ahi Kaa’ and the Ratana Movement ‘Komiti O Nga Rahui’ where I still remain in the later.
When seeing and feeling the struggles of whanau there is only one major party that counts and best serves us, NZ Labour! We are for the worker, we are fair and we care about those most in need. When we move around the electorate the issues are clear. Lack of jobs or job cuts, Rangatahi leaving school too early, health cuts along with high cost of living.
By working together we can overcome this, use our collective knowledge, our networks, our strengths to make it happen. There are many challenges before us globalisation, technology, our environment. We must encourage and empower Rangatahi to participate in local and central politics. Maaori diversity is growing and Treaty Settlements moving towards fruition. Let’s stop the division and look at the 21st Century with unity and new eyes.
There are no delusions about this role and the work ahead. I’m prepared to walk with you, share with you, cry with you and be your voice for Te Tai Hauauru Electorate.
Call me and I will travel anywhere to meet you, your whanau and or community organisation, teena koutou, teena tatou katoa.