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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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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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