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Elizabeth Kerekere farewell from Parliament

Audio from MP Elizabeth Kerekere's farewell event held at Parliament on 16 August 2023. A special thank you to the organisers and participants for allowing this to be recorded and shared. A stereo recording of the waiata can be heard on this page.

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  • 0:00:01 - Alofa Aiono
  • 0:03:33 - Waiata - Karanga, Karanga, Karanga Ra, Tīwhanawhana (stereo version here)
  • 0:06:35 - Val Little
  • 0:08:20 - Bella Simpson
  • 0:10:16 - Alofa Aiono
  • 0:13:13 - MP Elizabeth Kerekere's speech in the House
  • 0:34:25 - Tahlia Aupapa-Martin, Wellington Pride Festival
  • 0:36:01 - Lainey Cowan, Tīwhanawhana
  • 0:38:45 - Tabby Besley, InsideOUT Kōaro
  • 0:42:38 - Will Hansen, Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand
  • 0:44:01 - Alofa Aiono
  • 0:46:26 - Dr Megan Brady-Clark
  • 0:51:33 - George Parker
  • 0:56:30 - Howie
  • 1:00:30 - Alofa Aiono
  • 1:03:48 - Elizabeth Kerekere
  • 1:07:47 - Waiata - Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi


Elizabeth Kerekere's time in Parliament is celebrated for its profound impact, particularly on takatāpui, rainbow communities, and transgender communities. Their advocacy and representation have been a source of empowerment and visibility, especially for marginalized groups. Their tenure is characterized by their passionate commitment to issues such as the rights of indigenous Māori and the LGBTQ+ community, policy-making, and challenging systemic barriers.

Kerekere's valedictory speech encapsulates their journey of hope, challenge, and triumph. They reflect on their role in driving significant legislative and social changes, including putting the term takatāpui into legislation for the first time and advocating for trans, non-binary, and intersex rights. Kerekere's work in Parliament is noted for its focus on community empowerment, indigenous rights, and rainbow issues.

However, their time in Parliament was not without challenges. Kerekere speaks candidly about their falling out with the Green Party leadership, disputing allegations made against them and criticizing the lack of a fair process. This incident underscores the complexities and often difficult nature of political life.

Despite these challenges, Kerekere remains committed to the principles of ecological wisdom, social responsibility, appropriate decision making, and non-violence. They express gratitude for the support received throughout their career and reaffirm their dedication to continuing their advocacy work outside of Parliament.

The event, attended by a diverse group of supporters and community members, reflects the deep impact Kerekere has had on various communities. Their work and advocacy have opened doors for future generations, particularly in the Takatāpui and broader LGBTQ+ communities.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

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Record date:16th August 2023
Location:Parliament buildings, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).