Dr Shane Reti is the Member of Parliament for Whangarei, a seat he has held since 2014.
Dr Reti has held a wide range of portfolios. He is currently the Spokesperson for Health and deputy chair of the Health Select Committee. He was also the Spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (Treaty Settlements), associate spokesperson for Drug Reform, Spokesperson for Data and Cybersecurity and Spokesperson for Disability Issues.
During Shane’s political career he has been deputy chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee, co-chair of the NZ/US Parliamentary Group, chair of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament and the parliamentary facilitator for Arthritis New Zealand.
Politics is Shane’s third career. In his first career he practiced family medicine and dermatology in Whangarei for 16 years. He was appointed for three consecutive terms to the Northland DHB, published research that won literary awards, completed his first Masters in 2004, registered with the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and was awarded a QSM for Public Service in the 2006 New Year Honours List.
In his second career he was awarded NZ Harkness Fellow to Harvard and was sent to America in 2007 to gather international experience to bring home. While at Harvard he completed his second Masters and was promoted to Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His work over the following seven years also included an appointment with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in an economic development role as Beacheads Advisor to the New Zealand consulate in Dubai