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Hon John Tamihere

Email: jtamihere@ministers.govt.nz
Phone: 04 470 6561
Fax: 04 472 8032

Biography

MP for Tamaki Makaurau
Minister for Small Business
Minister of Youth Affairs
Minister of Statistics
Minister for Land Information
Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and Commerce

Before being elected to Parliament as MP for Hauraki in 1999 Mr Tamihere practised as a lawyer, working for government departments and in private practice, and was chief executive of Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust, working on behalf of urban Maori in West Auckland.

He has also served as chairman of Maori Rugby League and Aotearoa Maori Sports Federation. He holds arts and law degrees from Auckland University.

In his first term of Parliament Mr Tamihere was chairman of the Maori Affairs Select Committee and was a member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.

He was re-elected in the newly formed Tamaki Makaurau seat in 2002 with 72 per cent of the vote, and was appointed to Cabinet that year.

Mr Tamihere has five children and lives in West Auckland with his partner Awerangi Durie. Mr Tamihere is of Ngati Porou, Whakatohea, Tainui and Pakeha descent.
 
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