Rino is one of a new generation of M¿ori MPs, committed to serving his people and rejuvenating Labour in Te Tai Tonga. He successfully won the seat in the 2011 election, defeating the incumbent. He represents the largest electorate in the country.
Rino has deep connections across Ngai Tahu on his paternal side, and to Ngati Hine in the Far North on his maternal side. Historically his family has given significant parliamentary service to M¿ori in Te Waipounamu and Labour in the Southern M¿ori electorate (1932-1996).
Rino is a passionate believer in M¿ori development and social justice. Coming from a close-knit, hard-working whanau he has had his depth of concern and awareness of service for people nurtured from a young age.
Prior to entering parliament, Rino had over fourteen years¿ experience working in M¿ori economic development roles. These included working as a private consultant on inter-indigenous development projects between Maori and the Pacific, Chief Executive of the Federation of M¿ori Authorities advocating for M¿ori land based organisations, working for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu within its seafood businesses and leading government trade promotion initiatives across M¿ori business sectors. He has an understanding of legal and commercial issues as a result of his early career as a commercial lawyer.
Rino has been an effective member of parliament, being appointed to many spokesperson roles including Customs and Tourism, and associate roles in Maori Affairs, Small Business and Forestry.
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