Rana Donald Waitai (born 26 November 1942 in Wanganui, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand politician. He was a member of parliament from 1996 to 1999.

Rana Waitai
Rana Waitai.jpg
Waitai in Whanganui 2016
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Puku O Te Whenua
In office
1996 – 1999
Majority2,386 (30.69%)
Personal details
Rana Donald Waitai

(1942-11-26) 26 November 1942 (age 77)
Wanganui, New Zealand
Political partyNational (1973–1992, 2000 – present)
NZ First (1993–1998)
Mauri Pacific (1998–1999)
Domestic partnerTe Aroha Ann Ruru Stanton (separated)

Early yearsEdit

His father was Te Rangi Koroingo Te Oreore Waitai (August 1912 – 1989) born and died in Lower Hutt. His mother was Mavis Lillian Waitai (née Winduss) (May 1912 – 1997) born in Nelson and died in Lower Hutt.[citation needed]

Rana Waitai was the partner of Te Aroha Ann Ruru Stanton from 1966 to 1995 and they have four daughters.[citation needed]

Following his secondary schooling at Wanganui Technical College, (now Wanganui City College), Rana Waitai was a Freezing Worker at Wanganui in 1961, a Bushman in 1961 at Karioi and also a factory worker. He later became a trainee probation officer at Wellington and in 1965 joined the New Zealand Police. In 1979 Waitai was the Duty Inspector at Police National Headquarters when Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed on Erebus. He rang Chief Superintendent Brian Davies who was at home in the evening: "We seem to have a small problem.... We have lost a DC-10 sir."[1] He retired from the Police at the rank of Superintendent after 31 years.

Waitai was involved in the New Zealand National Party between 1973 and 1992, quitting after a dispute with then Prime Minister, Jim Bolger. He rejoined the National Party in 2000.[2]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1998 45th Te Puku O Te Whenua 27 NZ First
1998–1999 Changed allegiance to: Mauri Pacific

Waitai was first elected to Parliament in the 1996 election as New Zealand First MP for the Māori electorate of Te Puku O Te Whenua as one of the Tight Five, having previously stood for the Gisborne seat. In 1998, when New Zealand First splintered, Waitai was one of the eight MPs who left the party. He eventually joined with four other MPs to form the Mauri Pacific party. In the 1999 election, he stood in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate and was ranked fourth on Mauri Pacific's list, but the party failed to win any seats.[3]

Law careerEdit

Rana Waitai is now a retired Barrister and Solicitor in Wanganui.

He holds the following academic degrees – Bachelor of Arts (BA) (major in sociology) 1978, Bachelor of Law (LLB) 2003, Master of Public Policy (MPP) 1981, Master of Law (LLM) Research paper Terrorism Laws of New Zealand (2004).[citation needed]

Local politicsEdit

In 2005, Waitai attempted to re-enter politics as a by-election candidate for the Wanganui District Council. Although soundly defeated, he was successful in being elected to the council and the Whanganui district health board in the local body elections of October 2007. He was deputy chairman of the council's Harbour and Maori committees.


  1. ^ Whiteout by Michael Guy, page 99 (Martinborough NZ 1980, Alister Taylor)
  2. ^ Young, Audrey (19 August 2000). "National's waka nets Waitai". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Candidate vote details – Whanganui". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Te Puku O Te Whenua
Constituency abolished
Stood for Ikaroa-Rawhiti