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A Māori academic and politician. The current Minister of Māori Affairs and Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau.


Pita Sharples Biography



Ko Tākuta Pita Russell Sharples he kaitōrangapū, he mema whakatuwhera hoki o Te Tōrangapū Māori. Ko Tākuta Sharples te mema pāremata mō Tāmaki Makaurau, ā, he uri anō nō Ngāti Kahungunu.


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Pita Russell Sharples CBE (born Peter Russell Sharples, 20 July 1941), a Māori academic and politician, co-leads the Māori Party. He is the member for Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland City) in New Zealand's Parliament. On the 1 July 2013 Sharples told The New Zealand Herald that he would be stepping down from his co-leader role in the Maori Party and he would not be contesting his Tamaki Makaurau elecorate, resigning from politics altogether in 2014.


Political career

After the foreshore and seabed controversy in 2003–2004, Sharples joined forces with Tariana Turia a former minister in the Labour Party government who resigned over the issue. Turia and Sharples organised a new party based around Turia's Te Tai Hauāuru seat which was launched on 7 July 2004 as the Māori Party with Sharples as co-leader. In the 2005 general election Sharples contested and won the urban Auckland seat of Tamaki Makaurau displacing former Labour MP John Tamihere.


In the 2008 general election Sharples was re-elected with a majority of more than 7000. The National Party won more seats overall and formed a minority government with support from the Māori Party, Act New Zealand and United Future. Sharples was appointed as Minister of Māori Affairs, although like other support party members he remained outside Cabinet. Dr Sharples was returned to parliament in the 2011 general election, and is the only current New Zealand MP to be over the age of 70.




updated: 2013-09-10

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