Tuku Morgan

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Tukuroirangi Morgan
Tukoroirangi Morgan UNDP Clark 2009.jpg
Tuku Morgan in 2009
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Hauāuru
In office
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Nanaia Mahuta
Personal details
Political party Mauri Pacific
Other political
New Zealand First

Tukoroirangi "Tuku" Morgan (born 1958) is a New Zealand Māori politician. He was chair of Te Arataura, the Waikato-Tainui executive board, from 2006 until 2012, except for a period in 2004 when he was removed from office because of a criminal conviction for obstructing police during a protest march in the 1980s.[1] He is a director of Auckland Council Property, a council-controlled organisation of the Auckland Council.[2]

Morgan was a Member of Parliament from 1996 to 1999, first with the New Zealand First party, then as an independent, and finally as a member of Mauri Pacific.[3] During his term in Parliament he was involved in a number of controversies. One scandal in 1997 revolved around his spending NZ$4000 of Aotearoa Television funds on clothes including a pair of $89 underpants.[4][5]

Prior to entering Parliament, he was a television broadcaster. His brother-in-law Tau Henare is also a politician, and was a member of New Zealand First and Mauri Pacific with Morgan.[5][6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–98 45th Te Tai Hauāuru 10 NZ First
1998–99 Changed allegiance to: Mauri Pacific

Morgan was first elected to Parliament in the 1996 elections as the New Zealand First MP for Te Tai Hauāuru. New Zealand First captured all five Māori seats in the 1996 election (including Te Tai Hauāuru) - Morgan and the other four Māori MPs became known as the Tight Five.[3] In the 1999 elections, Morgan was ranked second on Mauri Pacific's party list, and contested the Te Tai Hauāuru seat again, but was not returned to Parliament. He then returned to TV and film production.


  1. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (14 February 2012). "Dumped Waikato-Tainui iwi leader plans litigation". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Te Arataura members appointed to Auckland CCOs". Scoop. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Herrick, Linda (29 December 2001). "Tuku Morgan goes from Parliament to Ponsonby Rd". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Close eye' on TV grant to Tuku Morgan". The New Zealand Herald. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Mallard tries to stay afloat". Sunday News. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Stokes, Jon (4 February 2006). "Protester's flame still burns, if less brightly". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru
Succeeded by
Nanaia Mahuta