Apiata Tapine has become the first Maori to be elected on to the Napier City Council.

Mr Tapine stood on the same ticket as third term councillor Ms Boag for the Nelson Park ward.

"It is so exciting and purifying to be the first Maori and I think it will bring great diversity to the table," Mr Tapine said.

Mr Tapine works as the regional learning co-ordinator at the EIT Maraenui Learning Centre and he was excited to be given the opportunity to share his opinions to council.


Ms Boag said it was great for Maraenui having Mr Tapine on board, as he would be able to give them a voice and add to their capabilities.

She was happy to be working alongside the new councillor, as she said they had worked really well together in the past.

"It will be good as we support the same things and we will be able to transfer the dynamic of working together previously to the council table," Ms Boag said.

Mr Tapine said he was grateful for the opportunity and wanted to thank all of the support he had received.

"I am still in shock but I put in 100% effort so it is really awesome to be working with Maxine."

Ms Boag said she hoped to strengthen connections between the different wards and council and looked forward to another term.

"It has been a really positive experience and I am excited to add to this over the next few years."

Both Ms Boag and Mr Tapine attended the Samoan Rugby game held today, as they had received considerable support from the Samoan community.

"The community had supported us the whole way so we have come to honour it and show how grateful we are," Ms Boag said.

"We also have other events organised today to say thank you and acknowledge our supporters," Mr Tapine said.