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Maori Party
Pita Sharples.

Pita Sharples.

Information
Date:
12 March 2014
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Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160
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Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Member for Tāmaki Makaurau, Maori Party

Honours/decorations

  • CBE for services to New Zealand in education 1990

Current Parliamentary Roles

  • Minister of Māori Affairs
  • Associate Minister of Corrections
  • Associate Minister of Education

Former Parliamentary Roles

  • Deputy Chairperson, Maori Affairs Committee 9 November 2005-3 October 2008
  • Member, Regulations Review Committee 22 February 2006-3 October 2008

Personal details

  • Born 20 July 1941, Waipawa, Hawkes Bay
  • Married with five children and six mokopuna
  • Iwi affiliations : Ngati Kahungunu of Hawkes Bay, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngati Pahauwera

Education/qualifications

  • Takapau Primary School 1946-1953
  • Waipukurau District High School 1954-1956
  • Te Aute College, Pukehau, Hawkes Bay 1957-1960
  • BA in Geography and Anthropology, University of Auckland 1961-1966
  • TTC, Auckland Post Primary Teacher’s College 1963-1964
  • Dip Tchg 1966-1966
  • MA (1st class) in Anthropology, University of Auckland 1967-1968
  • PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Auckland 1969-1976

Career

  • Teacher, Lynfield College 1965-1965
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland 1966-1967
  • Junior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland 1968-1969
  • CEO, Office of the Race Relations Conciliator 1972-1980
  • Member, Auckland Police District Maori Advisory Board 1972-2004
  • Member, Board of Governors, Queen Victoria School 1974-1989
  • Director of Culture, Department of Maori Affairs 1981-1990
  • Director of Maori Programmes, 1990 Commonwealth Games 1989-1990
  • Consultant, Department of Justice 1991-1991
  • Member, Maori Education Research Unit, Department of Education, University of Auckland
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of Auckland 1991-1996
  • Director of Programmes, Hoani Waititi Marae 1991-
  • Consultant, Ministry of Education 1991-1992
  • Consultant, Ministry of Health 1992-1993
  • Cultural Consultant, Sky City Casino Project 1993-1996
  • Training long lerm unemployed for work, Sky City Casino 1995-1996
  • Trustee, Maori Education Trust 1995-
  • Teacher and Administrator, B.M.S. programme, Auckland Institute of Technology 1996-1996
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi Marae 1996-1996
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Aorangi Maori Trust Board, University of Auckland 1997-1997
  • Consultant, National Advisory Council, Maori Law Commission 1997-1997
  • Commissioner, Maori Education Commission, NZ 1997-1997
  • International Institute for Research into Indigenous and Maori Education 1997-2000
  • Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Auckland 1997-2000
  • Member, Te Waka Toi Board, Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand 1997-2003
  • Member, National Maori Police Focus Forum, New Zealand Police National Headquarters 1998-1998
  • Professor, International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland 1998-1998
  • Member, Waitangi Tribunal 1999-1999
  • Patron, 184 Recruit Wing, Royal New Zealand Police College 1999-1999
  • Member, Tutahitanga Maori/Police Joint Planning Committee for Waitakere City, North Shore City and Rodney County
  • Inaugural Chairperson, Te Roopu Whaiti, Maori Education Authority – Te Manatu Matauranga Maori 2000-2000
  • Member, National Maori Advisory Committee, Ministry of Culture and Heritage 2001-2001
  • Adjunct Professor, UNITEC, Auckland 2001-2001
  • Member, Mayors Task Force on Tertiary Education, Waitakere City 2001-2001
  • Member, Council of Creative New Zealand 2001-2001
  • Member, Graduate School Advisory Board, UNITEC 2001-2001
  • Member, West Auckland Community Care Trust 2002-
  • Member, MOVE, Dance Foundation Trust Board, Auckland University of Technology 2002-
  • Director, Arapita Ltd 6 August 2003-
  • Director, Paerangi Ltd Education Board 2005-
  • Maori Cultural Consultant

Awards

  • National Male Leader, Kapa Haka Aotearoa Maori Traditional Performing Arts, for five separate years
  • Tohunga Tu Taua - Te Whare Tu Taua o Aotearoa 1985
  • Kaitataki Tane Award, National Male Leader, Kapa Haka Aotearoa Maori Traditional Performing Arts 2000
  • Tohunga Huarewa, Te Wananga Whare Tapere o Takitimu, Massey University 2001

Community activities

  • Educational conferences, USA, England, Ireland, France, New Guinea, Australia, Canada, Philippines and the Pacific Islands International
  • Facilitator, Cultural and Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Samoa International
  • Member, advisory committee to the Director General of UNESCO on the study of Culture in the Pacific for 14 years International
  • New Zealand representative, cultural and trade missions, USA, Canada, Spain, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia, Hawaii, England, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Caledonia, Tahiti. International
  • Member, Committee for the Review of Security within Mental Health Institutions, Ministry of Health National
  • Member, Committee for the Review of Security within Prisons, Dept of Justice National
  • Member, advisory committee to Education Review Office National
  • Member, Kura Kaupapa Maori Nation Curriculum Development Board National
  • Chairperson, Maori Cultural Committee on Prisons, Department of Justice National
  • Member, Ministerial Working Party in Education, Teacher Training National
  • Trustee, National Maori Nurses Association for 14 years National
  • Deputy Chairperson, NZ Polynesian Festival Committee for 16 years National
  • Member, NZ Polynesian Festival Committee for 25 years National
  • Trustee, New Zealand Education Foundation National
  • Member, advisory committee to State Services National
  • Chairperson, Te Runanga Kura Kaupapa Maori O Aotearoa Inc Soc National
  • Member, Tomorrows Schools Working Party, Integrated Schools National
  • Member, Tomorrows Schools Working Party, Kura Kaupapa Maori National
  • Member, Working Party in Education, Race Relations in schools National
  • Justice of the Peace National 1978-
  • Sacerdotal Head and Master, Te Runanga Tu Taua Mau Taiaha O Aotearoa, National School of Maori Weaponry National 1983-
  • Member, Aorangi Trust Board Regional
  • Chairperson, Auckland Maori Festival Committee Regional
  • Chairperson, Hoani Waititi Marae Committee Inc Soc for 24 years Regional
  • Member, Matipo Primary School Committee Regional
  • Coordinator, Nga Herenga Waka Community Initiative National
  • Member, Queen Victoria School Board of Governors for 10 years Regional
  • Chairperson, restorative Justice Alternative Court Programme Regional
  • Member, Rutherford High School Board of Governors for 12 years regional
  • Volunteer Student Counsellor, Rutherford High School for 10 years Regional
  • Member, Te Atatu Intermediate School Committee Regional
  • Member, Te Atatu Maori Welfare Committee for 18 years Regional
  • Member, Te Kura o Hoani Waititi Marae Board of Trustees Regional
  • Trustee, Te Pikiora Maori Health Trust Regional
  • Trustee, Te Putea Atawhai Maori Health Trust Regional
  • Leader, Te Roopu Manutaki Maori Culture Group for 28 years Regional
  • Member, Te Runanga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tamaki Makaurau Regional
  • Founder, Te Toi Huarewa Education for Life Programme Regional
  • Chairperson, Te Wjanau o Tamaki Makaurau Federation of Maori Cultural Groups, Auckland for 25 years Regional
  • Foundation Trustee, Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust Regional
  • Chairperson, Te Runanganui o Ngati Kahungunu for 8 years Regional 1981-1990
  • Member, Advisory Committee on maori Education, Department of Education, Auckland Regional 1968-1969
  • Member, Sky City Community Trust Board 1996-

Party activities

  • Co-Leader, Maori Party 2004-July 2013