Joanne Hayes is the newest MP to enter parliament giving her maiden speech on 29 January 2014. Joanne has a close relationship to Rangitāne o Wairarapa as she is the daughter of Kate Apanui who is one of our Ngāti Hamua kui. Her brother Darrin Apanui is a former Board member of the runanga and is now CEO of Te Matatini. Aunty Kate and whanau went to tautoko Joanne’s inauguration at the Beehive. All of us here at Rangitāne are very proud of her achievement and wish her all the best in her political career.