Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako was elected to Parliament in 2014, and since then has served as the National List MP based in the Port Hills. Nuk is a born and raised Cantabrian of Maori ancestry, educated in Canterbury, Auckland and Lincoln University. Nuk worked in the tourism industry in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and the UK for over 20 years before returning home to the Port Hills with his wife Chris 21 years ago. They raised their four sons at Rapaki Bay on Lyttelton Harbour and now live in Somerfield, in the heart of the Port Hills Electorate.
Nuk entered local politics after the Canterbury Earthquakes, because he saw a need for more active leadership in the Port Hills communities. He has strong links across Christchurch and the Port Hills and is passionate about representing the Port Hills, and working hard to provide a better life with greater opportunities for families and communities.
In the 52nd Parliament, Nuk’s roles include:
- Spokesperson on Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
- Spokesperson on Māori Development
Prior to entering Parliament, Nuk ran his own tourism businesses. He has been a strong contributor and active member of his community, having sat on the Board of Cholmondeley Children’s Home, the Rod Donald Environmental Trust, and Te Ihutai Trust of which he is chairman.
Nuk is of Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe Waitaha descent, and has represented his ancestral communities at Tuahiwi and Rapaki on the tribal council, Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu. He continues to serve as a Director on the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation Board.
Nuk has always maintained an interest in sport, particularly rugby and endurance sports. He was a club and representative rugby player in Australia, New Zealand the UK and now enjoys watching his sons play. He has competed in the Coast to Coast twice, Le Race, Aoraki Mt Cook Endurance Race and Outward Bound. Nuk also enjoys tending his boutique Pinot Gris vineyard at Rapaki.
National trusts Maori to negotiate with each other for the benefit of all New Zealanders. My appointment as Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations proves National's commitment to a unified New Zealand and shows our maturation as a country. I will play a crucial role as Treaty and Maori Development Spokesperson as we move forward. Maori can act for the best interests of all New Zealanders. Mauri ora.