Here's where you can vote on Wednesday 7 December: 

  • Dinsdale LDS Chapel, 91 Tuhikaramea Rd, 9-4
  • Frankton Shopping Centre, 124 Commerce St, 9-4
  • Glenview Community Centre, 12 Tomin Rd, 9-7
  • Centre Place Shopping Centre, 501 Victoria St, 9-6
  • The Verandah, Rotoroa Dr, 9-4
  • Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Ave, 9-4
  • All Saints Church, 191 Sandwich Rd, 9-4
  • Te Awa, The Base (upstairs by Hoyts), Maahanga Dr, 9-6

Meet Tama Potaka

I’m Tama Potaka, the National Party Candidate in the Hamilton West by-election taking place on 10 December.

I love Hamilton. I’m aspirational for our future and confident that with a clear plan, focusing on the right priorities and follow-through, Hamilton can be the best place in New Zealand to grow up and grow old.

As your Member of Parliament, I’ll work tirelessly to address the cost-of-living crisis hitting you hard at the check-out and in rising mortgage repayments. National’s plan is simple: restore discipline to government spending; stop adding costs on business (like Labour’s Fair Pay Agreements); fix bottlenecks holding businesses back (like worker shortages); provide tax relief to hard working Kiwis, and focus the Reserve Bank on tackling inflation.

I’ll advocate for National’s solution to the ram raids and violent crime currently making you and your families feel unsafe at home, at work and out in the community. Our plan will hold youth offenders to account, back Police to tackle gangs and empower community groups who can lead youth away from crime and towards being productive members of society.

Our city is growing and I’ll fight hard for the infrastructure Hamilton needs. As the Waikato Expressway demonstrates, National knows how to get things done. I'll push hard for more investment to fix congestion, improve road maintenance, and infrastructure to unlock more housing.

In this by-election you have a unique opportunity to send a strong message to the Labour Government – you need more than good intentions and band-aid solutions. You need and deserve a clear plan, delivery and results. That’s what you’ll get from me as your local MP inside Chris Luxon’s energised National team.

I know how to deliver. I’ve spent years delivering developments that benefit our city from housing to retail, infrastructure and community programmes.

About Tama Potaka

Tama Potaka was the chief executive of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. Before starting this role, he worked as a senior advisor to the NZ Super Fund. He spent more than seven years as a general manager at Tainui Group Holdings in Hamilton. He played a pivotal role in many of Tainui’s developments in the city and driving results for Waikato.

Tama has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University and a Master of Laws from Columbia University.

Tama is married to Ariana and they have three children – Tiaria, Te Awarua and Aorangi.

With the right priorities and follow through, Hamilton can be the best place in New Zealand to grow up and grow old. As your MP, I’ll work tirelessly to deliver for you

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