Howie Tamati

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Howie Tamati
Personal information
Full nameHoward Kevin Tamati
BornNew Zealand
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Waitara Bears (TRL)
1983–84 Wigan 29 3 0 0 12
Total 29 3 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Central Districts
1979–85 New Zealand 24 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1986–90 Wellington
1992–93 New Zealand 10 3 1 6 30
Source: [1][2]

Howard Kevin Tamati[3] MBE, generally known as Howie Tamati, is a New Zealand politician and former professional rugby league footballer and coach who played for New Zealand.[1][2] He is the cousin of fellow international Kevin Tamati.

Playing career[edit]

Tamati played for the Waitara Bears and 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.

Tamati played for Wigan between 1983 and 1984.[4] He played against his cousin in the final of the 1984 Challenge Cup.

Coaching career[edit]

Tamati began his coaching career with the Wellington side.[5] 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.[6]

In 1997 he was appointed the coach of the Oceania Nines Fiji national team.[7]

Since 2007 he has been the convener of the New Zealand Kiwis selectors.[8][9]

Administrative career[edit]

Tamati currently serves as the Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Rugby League starting in 2004.[10][11][12]

Tamati has been the CEO of Sport Taranaki since 1994.[11][13] In 2013 he was appointed the president of the New Zealand Rugby League.[14]

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.[11][15]

In 2016 he announced he would not seek re-election to the council in 2015 and won the Māori Party nomination for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate in the 2017 New Zealand general election.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Tamati is the cousin of Kevin Tamati. He is of Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngai Tahu heritage.[11] Tamati and Joanne Smith had children 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 and 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.[11][17]

Tamati was selected as the patron of New Zealand Police recruitment wing 245 in 2007.[11]

In 2008 he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Tamati, Howard Kevin 1979 – 85 – Kiwi #550 Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Dave Hadfield Tamati depends on home produce for Kiwis' fruition The Independent, 9 October 1993
  5. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 Years: Maori Rugby League, 1908–2008. Huia Publishers. p. 238. ISBN 9781869693312. Retrieved 30 November 2009.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ Rockets shoot down North Harbour[dead link] Sunday Star-Times, 10 March 1996
  7. ^ Tamati to coach Fijian side[dead link] Daily News, 16 September 1997
  8. ^ Top job for Tamati New Zealand Herald, 10 February 2007
  9. ^ Injured Warriors duo keep Kearney on edge NZPA, 27 April 2010
  10. ^ Yarrow Stadium To Go All Gold For League, 20 August 2008
  11. ^ a b c d e f Sporting Trio in Latest Wing of Graduating 'Cops' New Zealand Police, 28 November 2007
  12. ^ Brenton Vannisseroy Maori sides ‘not racist’ Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Te Waha Nui, 1 September 2006
  13. ^ Staff List Archived 24 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Sport Taranaki
  14. ^ Role at NZRL step in right direction – Tamati New Zealand Herald, 1 July 2013
  15. ^ Council says 'no' to handing over domain ownership to Ngati Mutunga The Daily News, 4 August 2004
  16. ^ "Tamati aiming to be MP". Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  17. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53528, 30 December 1993. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Dream team of century is named". Taranaki Daily News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2011.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Bailey
New Zealand national rugby league team

Succeeded by
Frank Endacott