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Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Published date: 22 Sep 2014
Maori Party
Māori Party
Sharples, Pita
Sharples, Pita
Contact Details
  • Entered Parliament: 5 October 2005
  • Member of the following Parliaments: 48th, 49th, and 50th

Member for / List

Party

Date

Tāmaki Makaurau

Māori Party

5 October 2005 - 20 September 2014

Former Parliamentary Roles

Portfolios

  • Minister of Māori Affairs: 24 November 2008 - 20 September 2014
  • Associate Minister of Corrections: 24 November 2008 - 20 September 2014
  • Associate Minister of Education: 19 November 2008 - 20 September 2014

Select Committees

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

Honours/decorations

  • CBE for services to New Zealand in education 1990

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 Māori Advisory Board: 1972 - 2004
  • Member, Board of Governors, Queen Victoria School: 1974 - 1989
  • Director of Culture, Department of Māori Affairs: 1981 - 1990
  • Director of Māori Programmes, 1990 Commonwealth Games: 1989 - 1990
  • Consultant, Department of Justice: 1991 - 1991
  • Member, Māori 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 term unemployed for work, Sky City Casino: 1995 - 1996
  • Trustee, Māori Education Trust: 1995 -
  • Teacher and Administrator, B.M.S. programme, Auckland Institute of Technology: 1996 - 1996
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae: 1996 - 1996
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Aorangi Māori Trust Board, University of Auckland: 1997 - 1997
  • Consultant, National Advisory Council, Māori Law Commission: 1997 - 1997
  • Commissioner, Māori Education Commission, NZ: 1997 - 1997
  • International Institute for Research into Indigenous and Māori 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 Māori Police Focus Forum, New Zealand Police National Headquarters: 1998 - 1998
  • Professor, International Research Institute for Māori 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 Māori/Police Joint Planning Committee for Waitakere City, North Shore City and Rodney County
  • Inaugural Chairperson, Te Roopu Whaiti, Māori Education Authority - Te Manatu Matauranga Māori: 2000 - 2000
  • Member, National Māori 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 -
  • Māori Cultural Consultant

Awards

  • National Male Leader, Kapa Haka Aotearoa Māori 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 Māori 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 Māori Nation Curriculum Development Board National
  • Chairperson, Māori Cultural Committee on Prisons, Department of Justice National
  • Member, Ministerial Working Party in Education, Teacher Training National
  • Trustee, National Māori 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 Māori O Aotearoa Inc Soc National
  • Member, Tomorrows Schools Working Party, Integrated Schools National
  • Member, Tomorrows Schools Working Party, Kura Kaupapa Māori 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 Māori Weaponry National 1983 -
  • Member, Aorangi Trust Board Regional
  • Chairperson, Auckland Māori 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 Māori Welfare Committee for 18 years Regional
  • Member, Te Kura o Hoani Waititi Marae Board of Trustees Regional
  • Trustee, Te Pikiora Māori Health Trust Regional
  • Trustee, Te Putea Atawhai Māori Health Trust Regional
  • Leader, Te Roopu Manutaki Māori Culture Group for 28 years Regional
  • Member, Te Runanga Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tamaki Makaurau Regional
  • Founder, Te Toi Huarewa Education for Life Programme Regional
  • Chairperson, Te Wjanau o Tamaki Makaurau Federation of Māori Cultural Groups, Auckland for 25 years Regional
  • Foundation Trustee, Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust Regional
  • Chairperson, Te Runanganui o Ngati Kahungunu for 8 years Regional 1981 - 1990
  • Member, Advisory Committee on māori Education, Department of Education, Auckland Regional 1968 - 1969
  • Member, Sky City Community Trust Board 1996 -

Party activities

  • Co-Leader of Māori Party: 2004 - July 2013

This is the archived biography page for former Member of Parliament, Hon Dr Pita Sharples.