Howie Tamati

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Howie Tamati
Personal information
Full name Howard Kevin Tamati
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Waitara Bears (TRL)
1983–1984 Wigan 29 3 0 0 12
Total 29 3 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Central Districts
1979–1985 New Zealand 24 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1986–1990 Wellington
1992–1993 New Zealand 10 3 1 6 30
Source: [1]

Howard Kevin (Howie) Tamati,[2] MBE, is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer and coach who played for his country. He is the cousin of fellow international Kevin Tamati.

Playing career[edit]

Tamati played for Wigan between 1983 and 1984.[3] He played against his cousin in the final of the 1984 Challenge Cup.

Representative career[edit]

Tamati represented Taranaki locally before selected for the Kiwis in 1979. Tamati played a total of 50 games for the Kiwis, including 24 tests for them between 1979 and 1985.

Coaching career[edit]

Tamati began his coaching career with the Wellington side.[4] He then coached the New Zealand side for two years from 1992. He was replaced in 1994 by Frank Endacott.

Tamati coached the Taranaki Rockets in the 1996 Lion Red Cup and the 1997 Super League Challenge Cup.[5]

In 1997 he was appointed the coach of the Oceania Nines Fiji national team.[6]

Since 2007 he has been the convener of the New Zealand Kiwis selectors.[7][8]

Administrative career[edit]

Tamati currently serves as the Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Rugby League starting in 2004.[9][10][11]

Tamati has been the CEO of Sport Taranaki since 1994.[10][12] In 2013 he was appointed the president of the New Zealand Rugby League.[13]

Political career[edit]

Tamati served three terms as a New Plymouth District Councillor from 1999 to 2007. He was re-elected as a councillor in October 2010. He is the former chairman of Te Ihi Tu Maori Prisoner Habilitation Centre in New Plymouth.[10][14]

In 2016 he announced he would not seek re-election to the council in 2015 and has won the Māori Party nomination for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate at the next New Zealand general election.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Tamati is the cousin of Kevin Tamati. He is of Te Atiawa, Ngâti Mutunga and Ngai Tahu heritage.[10] Tamati - Joanne Smith had Ebony, Erina, James. He is married to Aroaro and had four children: Moerangi Te Wai, Hawaiki and Erana. Tamati has five grandchildren, Takarangi, Rihari, Jahnikka Hine-maire, Rongomai & Rangiwahia Sampson.

Honours and awards[edit]

Tamati was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1994 New Year Honours for services to rugby league.[10][16]

Tamati was selected as the patron of New Zealand Police recruitment wing 245 in 2007.[10]

In 2008 he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[17]


  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Howie Tamati - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ TAMATI, Howard Kevin 1979 - 85 - Kiwi #550
  3. ^ Dave Hadfield Tamati depends on home produce for Kiwis' fruition The Independent, 9 October 1993
  4. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 238. ISBN 9781869693312. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Rockets shoot down North Harbour Sunday Star-Times, 10 March 1996
  6. ^ Tamati to coach Fijian side Daily News, 16 September 1997
  7. ^ Top job for Tamati New Zealand Herald, 10 February 2007
  8. ^ Injured Warriors duo keep Kearney on edge NZPA, 27 April 2010
  9. ^ Yarrow Stadium To Go All Gold For League, 20 August 2008
  10. ^ a b c d e f Sporting Trio in Latest Wing of Graduating 'Cops' New Zealand Police, 28 November 2007
  11. ^ Brenton Vannisseroy Maori sides ‘not racist’ Te Waha Nui, 1 September 2006
  12. ^ Staff List Sport Taranaki
  13. ^ Role at NZRL step in right direction - Tamati New Zealand Herald, 1 July 2013
  14. ^ Council says 'no' to handing over domain ownership to Ngati Mutunga The Daily News, 4 August 2004
  15. ^ "Tamati aiming to be MP". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  16. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Bailey
New Zealand Kiwis

Succeeded by
Frank Endacott