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Howie Tamati

Howie Tamati
Personal information
Full name Howard Kevin Tamati
Born New Zealand
Playing information
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Waitara Bears (TRL)
1983–1984 Wigan 29 3 0 0 12
Total 29 3 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Central Districts
1979–1985 New Zealand 24 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1986–1990 Wellington
1992–1993 New Zealand 10 3 1 6 30
Source: RLP
Howard Kevin (Howie) Tamati,[1] MBE, is a New Zealand former professional rugby league footballer and coach who played for his country. He is the cousin of fellow international Kevin Tamati.

Playing career

Tamati played for Wigan between 1983 and 1984.[2] He played against his cousin in the final of the 1984 Challenge Cup.

Representative career

Tamati represented Taranaki locally before selected for the Kiwis in 1979. Tamati played a total of 50 games for the Kiwis, including 24 tests for them between 1979 and 1985.

Coaching career

Tamati began his coaching career with the Wellington side.[3] He then coached the New Zealand side for two years from 1992. He was replaced in 1994 by Frank Endacott.

Tamati coached the Taranaki Rockets in the 1996 Lion Red Cup and the 1997 Super League Challenge Cup.[4]

In 1997 he was appointed the coach of the Oceania Nines Fiji national team.[5]

Since 2007 he has been the convener of the New Zealand Kiwis selectors.[6][7]

Administrative career

Tamati currently serves as the Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Rugby League starting in 2004.[8][9][10]

Tamati has been the CEO of Sport Taranaki since 1994.[9][11] In 2013 he was appointed the president of the New Zealand Rugby League.[12]

Political career

Tamati served three terms as a New Plymouth District Councillor from 1999 to 2007. He has now been re-elected as a councillor since October 2010. He is the former chairman of Te Ihi Tu Maori Prisoner Habilitation Centre in New Plymouth.[9][13]

Personal life

Tamati is the cousin of Kevin Tamati. He is of Te Atiawa, Ngâti Mutunga and Ngai Tahu heritage.[9] Tamati - Joanne Smith had Ebony, Erina, James. He is married to Aroaro and had four children: Moerangi Te Wai, Hawaiki and Erana. Tamati has four grandchildren.

Honours and awards

Tamati was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1994 New Year Honours for services to rugby league.[9][14]

Tamati was selected as the patron of New Zealand Police recruitment wing 245 in 2007.[9]

In 2008 he was named in the Taranaki Rugby League Team of the Century.[15]


External links

  • NZRL Roll of Honour
  • Profile at
Preceded by
Bob Bailey
New Zealand Kiwis

Succeeded by
Frank Endacott

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