He's a physically dominating presence on Labour's backbench and is "at the ready" to step into a ministerial pair of shoes. Political reporter Jason Walls sits down with Rino Tirikatene and asks about his political ambitions.

At six foot four inches (1.93m), Labour's Rino Tirikatene is easily one of the tallest Members of Parliament in New Zealand.

So it comes as little surprise that he was once an accomplished basketball player.

"I was quite the athletic hooper back in the day," Rino says – hooper meaning basketball player.


We're at a café across the road from Parliament.

Usually, my backbencher