Dave Hereora

David Murray Hereora (9 August 1956 – 5 August 2014) was a New Zealand trade unionist and politician. He was a list MP for the Labour Party from 2002 to 2008.

Dave Hereora
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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In office
Personal details
David Murray Hereora

(1956-08-09)9 August 1956
Died5 August 2014(2014-08-05) (aged 57)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Faith Hereora
Union organiser

Early lifeEdit

Hereora was born in 1956. He was a worker at Affco Meatworks and became a trade union organiser.[1]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–05 47th List 38 Labour
2005–08 48th List 39 Labour

Hereora was first elected to Parliament in the 2002 election, standing against National's Judith Collins in Clevedon but nevertheless entering Parliament as a list MP. He was Māori Vice-President of the Labour Party.[1] Hereroa served until 2008 as Chair of the Māori Affairs Select Committee.

In 2008, Judith Collins won the Papakura (New Zealand electorate). After leaving Parliament Hereora returned to union organising, working with the Service & Food Workers Union in mediation talks at the Papakura Griffin Foods manufacturing plant.[2]

He died on 5 August 2014. Labour leader David Cunliffe paid tribute, saying that Hereora "dedicated his life to the fight for low income workers."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Former MPs: Dave Hereora". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Griffin's settlement ratified" (PDF). Our Voice. Service & Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (2): 23. Winter 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Dave Hereora a fighter for workers". Waatea News. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.