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Whanganui Literary Festival

I had the pleasure to introduce Whanganui Literary Festival’s guest speaker Helen Leahy - author of “Crossing the Floor: the Story of Tariana Turia” (also former Chief of Staff Maori Party & snr ministerial advisor to the Hon Dame Tariana Turia) and current CEO Sth Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency - sharing whakaaro (thoughts) & matauranga (knowledge & wisdom) & an address on “Leadership resides within us all”.

An inspiring aspirational, aspirational inspiring address - unleashing potential within us all within the constructs of what delivers and responds best. This is an essence of Tino rangatiratanga- self-responsibility, determinedness & determination.


St John’s Ambulance

I spent a good part of a day with St John’s Ambulance Whanganui. These gals n guys are a primary health care service and first responders to emergency needs and a pivotal link into other primary care services for our communities.

I’m sure that, like I was until today, many in our community are not aware of the full extent of the good and great work St John’s Ambulance does.
A+ & stars for these guys n gals. Big Ups from me. And I hope our communities too.


South Taranaki RSA Centenary and VC Commemorations

I was honoured to attend and speak at the South Taranaki RSA centennial and the unveiling of memorial statues of WW1 Victoria Cross recipient honorees Harry LAURENT VC and John GRANT VC. This was an historic day for Hawera & South Taranaki. We will remember.


Whanau Ora Conference

I attended the Whanau Ora Conference in Auckland. Here I am with the whaea of Whanau Ora - Dame Tariana Turia & my colleagues the Hons Alf Ngaro & Louise Upston


House Happenings

Whanganui Rebus Visits Parliament

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting, greeting and welcoming Whanganui Rebus to Parliament. Had a chat about the coming and going, to-ing & fro-ing on a daily basis in this busy place.


Suffrage Day

This year is the 125th Anniversary of Women being able to vote. I am the 136th female Member of Parliament.


Te wiki o te reo Maori

Te reo is dear to my heart. Click here to watch a video I made about being confident in speaking te reo every day.


Speaking in the House

I am really enjoying speaking in the House. Recently I have spoken on:

Maritime Powers Extension Bill (click here to watch the video)

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill (click here to watch the video)


Private Members Bills

My Health and Safety At Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill is currently before Select Committee. Click here to check its progress. My Family Proceedings (Paternity Orders and Parentage Tests) Amendment Bill is still in the Ballot.

Until next time.

Harete Hipango
Member of Parliament for Whanganui

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