Shane Reti

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Shane Reti

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

(1963-06-05) 5 June 1963 (age 56)
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.

Early life and family[edit]

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.

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

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

Professional career[edit]

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]

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]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2014–2017 51st Whangarei 60 National
2017–present 52nd Whangarei 45 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]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers. ISSN 1172-9813.
  2. ^ "MPs hidden talents". Stuff New Zealand. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Dr Shane Reti picked as National's candidate for Whangarei electorate". The New Zealand Herald. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Dinsdale, Mike (27 January 2014). "Trio put hands up to represent National". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2006". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Election 2014: Shane Reti wins Whangarei". The New Zealand Herald. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Dusty road group claim bullying". Radio New Zealand]]. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Whangarei - Official Result 2017". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Dr Shane Reti". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Bennett named drug reform spokesperson in shadow cabinet reshuffle". Radio New Zealand. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  11. ^ Coughlan, Thomas (22 January 2019). "Bridges begins year with a reshuffle". Newsroom. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Phil Heatley
Member of Parliament for Whangarei