Shane Reti

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Shane Reti

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Whangarei
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Phil Heatley
Personal details
Shane Raymond Reti

(1963-06-05) 5 June 1963 (age 55)
Hamilton, New Zealand

Shane Raymond Reti QSM MP (born 5 June 1963) is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

Queens Service Medal New Zealand award for public service

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2014 New Zealand general election

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New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Early life and family

Born in Hamilton in 1963, Reti is of Māori descent, and has tribal affiliations to Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kura. He was educated at Hamilton Boys' High School and Minidoka County High School in Idaho, United States. He then studied at the University of Waikato from 1981 to 1982 and the University of Auckland between 1982 and 1987 and in 1989, graduating from the latter with a Bachelor of Human Biology in 1985, MB ChB in 1987 and a Diploma in Obstetrics in 1989. He was also awarded a Diploma in Dermatological Science by the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1991.

Hamilton, New Zealand City in North Island, New Zealand

Hamilton is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 169,300, the country's fourth most-populous city. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 (42 sq mi) on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

Māori people Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages some time between 1250 and 1300. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture, with their own language, a rich mythology, and distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; later, a prominent warrior culture emerged.


Ngāpuhi is a Māori iwi located in the Northland region of New Zealand, and centred in the Hokianga, the Bay of Islands, and Whangarei.

Reti served in the Territorial Force from 1983 to 1987. [1] He played badminton for Waikato between 1978 and 1982. [1]

Badminton racquet sport

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles". Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side's half of the court.

Reti has three adult children: two daughters and one son. [2]

Professional career

He was a general practitioner for 17 years. [3] [4] For seven years, he was a member of the Northland District Health Board. [4] In the 2006 New Year Honours, he was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for public services. [5]

General practitioner type of medical doctor specialising as a generalist, usually working in primary care setting

In the medical profession, a general practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients.

District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand are organisations established by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, responsible for ensuring the provision of health and disability services to populations within a defined geographical area. They have existed since 1 January 2001 when the Act came into force. There are 20 DHBs. Initially there were 21 DHBs, and this was reduced to the current 20 organisations in 2010. DHBs receive public funding from the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Crown, based on a formula which takes into account the total number, age, socio-economic status and ethnic mix of their population. DHBs are governed by boards, which are partially elected and partially appointed by the Minister of Health.

The New Year Honours 2006 in some Commonwealth realms were announced in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Grenada, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, and Saint Christopher and Nevis to celebrate the year past and mark the beginning of 2006.

In 2007, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and moved to Massachusetts to work at Harvard University. [4] [6] Reti remained in Boston for six years and resisted offers by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Plymouth and Harvard Medical School to extend his stay. [4]

The Harkness Fellowships are a programme run by the Commonwealth Fund of New York City. They were established to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships and enable Fellows from several countries to spend time studying in the United States. The many notable alumni listed below include the president of the International Court of Justice; former Chairman and CEO of Salomon Brothers; a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge; the controller of BBC Radio 4; the editor of the Sunday Times; former directors of the Medical Research Council, the London School of Economics and the General Medical Council; and, a vice-president of Microsoft.

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
2014 2017 51st Whangarei 60 National
2017 present 52nd Whangarei45 National

Early in 2014, Reti won the National Party nomination in the safe Whangarei electorate against sitting list MP Paul Foster-Bell for the 2014 election. [6] At the 2014 election, he had a large margin over Labour's Kelly Ellis. [6]

During the Northland by-election, Reti was accused of bullying. Alex Wright of the Pipiwai Titoki Advocacy group, a group campaigning to seal the "dusty and dangerous foresty roads" in Northland, claimed Reti rang her and told her to keep quiet until after the by-election or get nothing. Reti responded that he was attempting to help the group. [7]

During the 2017 election, Shane Reti was re-elected in Whangarei, defeating Labour candidate Tony John Savage by a margin of 10,967 votes. [8] Following the formation of the Labour-led coalition government, Reti became National's Associate Spokesperson for Health and Deputy Chaiperson of the Health Select Committee. He was later appointed as the party's spokesperson for "data and cybersecurity" and "disability issues." [9] In January 2019, Reti was designated as National's spokesperson for "tertiary education, skills, and employment." [10] [11]

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Phil Heatley
Member of Parliament for Whangarei