Steven Pokere

Steven Pokere
Full name Steven Tahurata Pokere
Date of birth (1958-08-11) 11 August 1958
Place of birth Hawera, New Zealand
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
School Southland Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
New Zealand No. 825
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1977–78, 80–83
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New Zealand Māori
New Zealand



Steven Tahurata Pokere (born 11 August 1958) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. A second five-eighth and centre, Pokere represented Southland, Auckland and Wellington at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1981 to 1985. He played 39 matches for the All Blacks including 18 internationals.[1]

In 2005, Pokere was sentenced to 2½ years in jail for conspiracy to defraud investors of $NZ4million, relating to a company that he ran with three others, all Mormons, that targeted fellow church members, many of whom were friends and family of the quartet.[2][3]


  1. Luxford, Bob. "Steven Pokere". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. Watson, Mike (21 October 2005). "Former All Black jailed for $4m fraud". Dominion Post. p. 3.
  3. Alley, Oskar (30 July 2004). "Ex-All Black on fraud charge". Dominion Post. p. 1.
Preceded by
Frank Shelford
Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

Succeeded by
Hika Reid
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