Dr Pita Sharples was first elected to the House of Representatives as a Māori Party Member of Parliament on 17 September 2005 for the Electorate of Tāmaki Makaurau and was re-elected in the 2008 and 2011 General Elections.
He is currently the Minister for Māori Affairs, Associate Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Corrections.
Pita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Anthropology, Master of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology and a Doctorate in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Auckland. He has been awarded a CBE for Services to New Zealand in Education and is a proud Te Aute Old Boy.
Pita is affiliated to Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngāti Pahauwera and lives in Auckland.
Phone: 04 817 9800
Fax: 04 817 6525
Address: Bowen House, Parliament Buildings
Phone: 09 266 8407
Fax: 09 250 1256
Address: Unit 7, 214 Great South Road