John Tamihere

JTJohn Tamihere (better known as JT) served as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour Government from 2002 to 2004.He was born in Auckland as the tenth of 12 children to a Maori father of Ngati Porou, Whakatohea and Tainui descent and an Irish mother.He gained an arts and law degree from Auckland University and in 1991 became chief executive of the Waipareira trust, which provides health and education services to Maori in the Auckland region.He also served as Chairman of the NZ Maori Rugby League Board.

JT served as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour Government from 2002 to 2004. Even before he entered politics Tamihere had a high profile, having been selected as Person of the Year by the Sunday star Times, New Zealander of the Year by North and South magazine, and Man of the year by Metro magazine.

John Tamiherehas returned to his position as CEO of the Waipareira Trust and is also a talkback host on Radio Live and Presenter of “Think Tank” a programme dealing with the big issues facing New Zealand.