I am New Zealand First because we are committed to making our country a better place.
After a period of six years, Pita returns to Parliament with a greater commitment to make our country a better place than that which he was born into, thus following on the legacy provided by his parents and those of their generation – hard work and community service.
Born and raised in the Bay of Islands settlement of Motatau, his tribal affiliations are to Ngatihine, Ngapuhi and Ngatiwhatua. He was educated at the local Maori District High School and Bay of Islands College, and did his tertiary studies at both Auckland and Victoria Universities. He has also attended the Henley Business School in the United Kingdom.
His return follows a long career in the public service where he held a number of senior management positions at both a regional and central level. This included his appointment as CEO for the Maori Language Commission – Te Taura Whiri i te Reo. Much of his career has involved the promotion of Maori economic, social and cultural development, with a short time spent in the health sector. He expects that this experience will prove invaluable during his time in Parliament, as it was during his earlier parliamentary term.
Pita’s community service has included being a member and Chair of the Northland Polytechnic Council, a school Commissioner, elected member of the Taitokerau Maori Trust Board, Chair of Te Runanga o Ngatihine, Board member of Te Hauora o Ngatihine and is presently a trustee on a Forestry Trust and the Motatau marae. He also chairs the Waitangi National Trust Board that has the responsibility of caring for the lands gifted to the nation by Lord and Lady Bledisloe and where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. He has chaired the Waitangi Day Organising Committee that assists with the planning and co-ordination of activities at Waitangi for the past 24 years and been a member since 1985.
Rugby, rugby league and tennis are Pita’s recreational interests. He also enjoys reading Maori history. However it is his whanau and iwi of Ngatihine that has pride of place for him. It is they who ensure that he remains grounded in being of service to others.
He is married to Elva and they have three adult children and six grandchildren, a dog and cat. They live in Howick, Auckland.
- Maori Affairs
- Treaty of Waitangi Issues
- Pacific Island Affairs