|The Honourable Dr
Pita Russell Sharples
|Pita Sharples in 2010|
|41st Minister of Māori Affairs|
19 November 2008 – [date not published yet]
|Prime Minister||John Key|
|Preceded by||Parekura Horomia|
|Succeeded by||to be determined|
|Co-leader of the Māori Party|
7 July 2004 – 1 July 2013
|Preceded by||New position|
|Succeeded by||Te Ururoa Flavell|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tāmaki Makaurau
5 October 2005 – 14 August 2014
|Preceded by||John Tamihere|
|Succeeded by||[to be determined]|
20 July 1941 |
Waipawa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
|Political party||Māori Party|
Pita Russell Sharples CBE (born Peter Russell Sharples, 20 July 1941) is a Māori academic and politician, who was a co-leader of the Māori Party from 2004 to 2013, and a minister outside Cabinet in the National Party-led government from 2008 to 2014. He was the member of Parliament for the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate in Auckland since the 2005 election. On 1 July 2013 he said he would step down from his co-leader role in the Maori Party and that he would retire from politics altogether at the end of the parliamentary term in 2014.
Sharples was born in Waipawa, a town in Hawke's Bay. His mother Ruiha was of Ngāti Kahungunu, and his father Paul was a shearer and a second generation New Zealander whose family came from Bolton, United Kingdom.
He received his early education at Waipukurau District High School, but then became a boarder at Te Aute College. His four years there culminated in him becoming head boy, and he credits this time as a turning point of his life.(subscription required) He then attended the University of Auckland, studying education. After graduating, he remained at the University as an instructor, working at the Faculty of Education. He subsequently gained an MA (1st class) in Anthropology, and later a PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics – both also from the University of Auckland.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In addition to his academic work, Sharples has long advocated a separate Māori political party. 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.
Minister of Māori Affairs
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.
- "Sharples continues rapid rise in politics". National Business Review. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- "Dr Pita Sharples". New Zealand Parliament. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- Connew, Bruce (Spring 2004). "Main protagonists of the new Māori Party". Te Karaka (Ngāi Tahu) (25): p. 14. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- Barry, Maggie (2007). "Inspiring mana". The Listener.
- "Hon Dr Pita Sharples". beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Appointment of Ministers" (21 November 2008) 179 New Zealand Gazette 4633 at4634.
- 2008 General Election: Results of the Official Count" (22 November 1980) 180 New Zealand Gazette 4637.
- Tamaki Makaurau results 2008.
- Trevett, Claire (17 November 2008). "Maori Party takes 'sensible position'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "2011 General Election And Referendum On The Voting System Results Of The Official Count" (10 December 2011) 190 New Zealand Gazette 5477.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pita Sharples.|
- Pita Sharples MP official site
- Profile at Māori Party
- Profile at New Zealand Parliament
- Releases and speeches at Beehive.govt.nz
- "Pita Sharples", TV documentary
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau
to be determined
|Minister of Māori Affairs
to be determined
|Party political offices|
|New political party||Co-leader of the Māori Party
Served alongside: Tariana Turia
Te Ururoa Flavell