Derek Fox (New Zealand)

Derek Fox (New Zealand)

Derek Tinia Fox (born 1947) is a New Zealand broadcaster, commentator, publisher, journalist and Māori Party candidate in several elections. He was the Mayor of Wairoa from 1995 to 2001.

Born in Auckland, he grew up 45 km east of Wairoa on the Mahia Peninsula. He is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent. He worked for Television New Zealand to 1986, where he fronted Koha a Māori current affairs programme, and produced Te Karere a Māori news programme from 1983. He then launched Mana magazine and Rotorua-based Mana Māori News. He also became the chair of the Māori Broadcasters Association, which was later renamed Ngā Aho Whakaari.

Next he was Chairman of the board of Māori TV. Despite hiring and then firing (for falsifying his CV) Canadian John Davy as chief executive, Prime Minister Helen Clark said he was the pre-eminent Māori broadcaster of his generation.

Fox stood for the Māori Party in the 2008 election, in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti seat against Labour’s Parekura Horomia, the Māori affairs minister (who he had run against as an independent in 1999). His candidacy was unsuccessful.


  • Dominion 10 April 1993 (page 10)
  • New Zealand Herald 4 May 2002 (pages B1, B3)
  • North and South April 2001 (no 181, pages 82–87)

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