Story: Gender inequalities

First Māori woman MP (3rd of 4)

First Māori woman MP

Iriaka Rātana, the first Māori woman to become a member of Parliament, represented the enormous Western Maori electorate from 1949 to 1969. Like Elizabeth McCombs, New Zealand's first woman MP, Rātana won the seat in a hotly contested by-election caused by the death of her husband (Matiu). Deeply involved in the Rātana religious and political movement, she travelled around the electorate by train, bus and car, and was driven by locals from their area on to the next.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAMK W3495 21 21B

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Anne Else, 'Gender inequalities - Politics and citizenship', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 March 2019)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Jun 2018