Tuku Morgan

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Tukoroirangi Morgan
Tukoroirangi Morgan UNDP Clark 2009.jpg
Tukoroirangi Morgan in 2009
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Tai Hauāuru
In office
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byNanaia Mahuta
4th President of the Māori Party
In office
16 Jul 2016 – 11 December 2017
Preceded byNaida Glavish
Personal details
Tukuroirangi Morgan

(1957-10-07) 7 October 1957 (age 63)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyMāori Party
Other political
New Zealand First
Mauri Pacific

Tukoroirangi "Tuku" Morgan (born 7 October 1957) is a New Zealand Māori politician and former broadcaster.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Auckland on 7 October 1957, Morgan affiliates to the Tainui iwi confederation. He was educated at St Stephen's School, Bombay from 1970 to 1971, and Huntly College from 1971 to 1976. He then gained a Diploma of Teaching, and taught English and Māori studies at Huntly College from 1980 to 1982, and Birkdale College (1982).[1] His brother-in-law is Tau Henare.[2]


Morgan worked as news and current affairs reporter at both Television New Zealand and TV3. He was also head of sport, youth and current affairs programmes at the short-lived Aotearoa Television Network.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1998 45th Te Tai Hauāuru 10 NZ First
1998–1999 Changed allegiance to: Mauri Pacific

Morgan was first elected to Parliament in the 1996 election as the New Zealand First MP for Te Tai Hauāuru. New Zealand First captured all five Māori seats in the 1996 election (including Te Tai Hauāuru) - Morgan and the other four Māori MPs became known as the Tight Five.[3]

During his term in Parliament he was involved in a number of controversies. One scandal in 1997 revolved around his spending NZ$4000 of Aotearoa Television funds on clothes including a pair of $89 underpants.[4][5]

Morgan resigned from New Zealand First on 18 August 1998, becoming an independent MP.[1] He later joined the newly formed Mauri Pacific.[3] In the 1999 election, Morgan was ranked second on Mauri Pacific's party list, and contested the Te Tai Hauāuru seat again, but was not returned to Parliament. He then returned to television and film production.

Life after parliament[edit]

He was chair of Te Arataura, the Waikato-Tainui executive board, from 2006 until 2012, except for a period in 2004 when he was removed from office because of a criminal conviction for obstructing police during a protest march in the 1980s.[6] He is a director of Auckland Council Property, a council-controlled organisation of the Auckland Council.[7]

In 2015 he became the Māori Party's co-chair of the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.[8] In July 2016 he was elected as president of the Māori Party.[9][10]

In December 2017 he announced his resignation and called for the party's co-leaders to follow suit after the Māori Party gained just 1.1 percent of the party vote at the 2017 General election and all seven of its Māori electorate candidates were beaten by Labour.[11]

In August 2018, he published an open letter to the Māori King Tūheitia Paki, whose advisor he had previously been, detailing a number of criticisms of Paki's behaving, including his continued support and employment of Rangi Whakaruru as chief of staff.[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers. ISSN 1172-9813.
  2. ^ Stokes, Jon (4 February 2006). "Protester's flame still burns, if less brightly". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b Herrick, Linda (29 December 2001). "Tuku Morgan goes from Parliament to Ponsonby Rd". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  4. ^ "'Close eye' on TV grant to Tuku Morgan". The New Zealand Herald. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Mallard tries to stay afloat". Sunday News. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  6. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (14 February 2012). "Dumped Waikato-Tainui iwi leader plans litigation". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Te Arataura members appointed to Auckland CCOs". Scoop. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  8. ^ Maori Party weigh in on Labour's reshuffle nzherald.co.nz, 1 December 2015
  9. ^ Young, Audrey (16 July 2016). "Tukoroirangi Morgan elected as Maori Party president". The New Zealand Herald.
  10. ^ Haunui-Thompson, Shannon (16 July 2016). "Tuku Morgan: 'One goal' for Māori Party". Radio New Zealand.
  11. ^ "Māori Party president resigns and calls for co-leaders to follow suit". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.scribd.com/document/386142708/Letter-from-Tukoroirangi-Morgan
  13. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106237175/former-advisor-to-mori-king-chastises-the-office-over-spending
  14. ^ https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/364181/calls-for-action-after-allegations-against-king-tuheitia-s-advisor
  15. ^ https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/08/tuku_vs_the_king.html
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru
Succeeded by
Nanaia Mahuta