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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.
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MAO: 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. source in Māori language ENG: 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 ...
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Sharples: Minister Congratulates World Champion Dancers


Hip hop dance crew ReQuest has shown once again that passion tempered by total commitment and discipline can take you to the top of the world, says Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples. "You can't do better than win gold at the World Championships in Las Vegas," said Dr Sharples. "This is a fantastic achievement, and due recognition for the brilliance of their dance," he said. "ReQuest performed at the Maori Sports Awards last year, when they won the Varsity (under-19) grade at the worlds. They were absolutely awesome. Their routine was faultless. "This year they've stepped up to the top ...


Sharples supports ending of tobacco sales by 2020


Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has put his weight behind a call from Otago University researchers for tobacco sales to be phased out by 2020.In a paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, a team led by Dr Tony Blakely said ending tobacco sales in 10 years would add five years to Maori life expectancy by 2040.With almost 50% of Maori now smoking, Dr Sharples says it's the most effective way to reduce mortality rates.He told Waatea News that while the current anti-smoking battle is focused on price rises and banning displays, ways must be found to make smoking unacceptable in ...


Schoolboy rugby haka ban disgusts Pita Sharples


A ban of haka at a school boy rugby tournament has "disgusted" the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples. Under-13 boys playing in the Roller Mills rugby tournament in Cambridge next month have been barred from performing pre-match haka because of fears they lead to violence and intimidation. Labour MP Kelvin Davis has already called for a reversal of the ban, and Dr Sharples joined the call this afternoon. "It is an absolute travesty to equate the haka with violence,'' Dr Sharples said. ''Violence does occur during rugby games, and other contact sports, but to blame the haka is ridiculous. ...


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New Māori Language Strategy confirmed
Pita Sharples | Māori Affairs Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has today released the governments new Māori language strategy, which includes an updated model for Te Mātāwai, a Māori governance entity which will be charged with leading and guiding the Crown’s strategy for te reo Māori. ...read more
Appointment to Māori Economic Development Advisory Board
Steven Joyce | Economic Development The Government today appointed Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith to the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board, established in May 2013, monitors and evaluates the implementation of He kai kei aku ringa, the Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership. “He kai kei aku ringa has six goals and education is a central part of three of these goals.  The Government believes an additional member with experience in this field is important to advise on the implementation of He kai kei aku ringa,” Mr Joyce says. ...read more
$12m boost over four years for iwi radio stations
Pita Sharples | Budget 2014 Iwi radio will receive an extra $12 million over the next four years to support the operational costs of the 21 stations currently funded by Te Mangai Pāho and to assess the feasibility of expanding the iwi radio network, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples says. “Since its inception in the mid-1980s, iwi radio has played a critical role in making our reo available to whanau in their homes, in their cars, and in a range of settings,” Dr Sharples says. ...read more
Māori History in School Curriculum
Pita Sharples | Education Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples has today launched a new education initiative to support and strengthen the teaching of Māori history in Years 1-13 in schools and kura. Dr Sharples says “Māori history is New Zealand history. These resources enable teachers and schools to place our stories, our heroes, Māori identity, language and culture at the centre of learning.” ...read more



 
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