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Jackson was born in 1961, and grew up in Porirua and Auckland. He has worke in a number of jobs, including trade union organiser, record company executive, broadcaster, and talkback radio host. In 1995, he joined the Mana Motuhake party, a Maori political organisation which formed part of the Alliance. In the 1996 elections, he stood unsuccessfully for Parliament. In the 1999 elections, however, he was elected as an Alliance list MP. In 2001, Jackson successfully challenged Sandra Lee for the leadership of Mana Motuhake.
When the Alliance began to collapse in 2002, Jackson sided with the faction led by Laila Harré and Matt McCarten, and remained with the party when Jim Anderton established his breakaway group. In the 2002 elections, Jackson was ranked second on the Alliance's party list, but the Alliance failed to win any seats. Shortly afterwards, Mana Motuhake left the Alliance and Jackson retired from politics. He currently works as a broadcaster and a political commentator. He has been vocal in his support for a new pan-Maori party, and supported Tariana Turia when she quit the Labour Party to found the new Maori Party.
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