Hon Willie Jackson (born 1961) is a former urban Māori chief executive and award-winning radio and television broadcaster.
He grew up in Porirua and Mangere, and attended Mangere College in his teenage years. Willie has worked previously as a trade union organiser, record company executive, broadcaster, sports talkback radio host and urban Māori advocate.
Primarily based in Auckland, he has supported the rights of Māori and urban Māori nationally for many years with a focus on community development particularly in South Auckland. He has been at the forefront in terms of advancing community interests, local initiatives and whānau aspirations.Read more
As an astute broadcaster and political commentator, he has a very long history working within both Māori and mainstream media in print, radio and television including having hosted his own television shows on Mainstream and Maori television, and co-hosting a daily nationwide talkback show on mainstream radio for over a decade. He was also the chairman of the 21 station iwi radio network Whakaruruhau for over a decade and the Maori television electoral college chairman.
Willie is the son of the late Bob Jackson and Dame June Jackson, New Zealand’s longest serving parole board member.
His wife is Tania Rangiheuea, a former Victoria University lecturer in Māori and Women’s Studies and now school principal.