Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

Māori polling booth, 1902 (1st of 2)

Māori polling booth, 1902

Voters in the Southern Māori electorate wait outside a polling booth at a Kaiapoi school in 1902. The sitting MP, Tame Parata (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha and Ngāti Māmoe), was returned in this election. He spent much of his parliamentary career attempting to provide for landless South Island Māori. The Southern Māori seat was later held for more than 30 years by Eruera Tirikātene, who was then succeeded by his daughter, Whetū Tirikātene-Sullivan.

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Effect of Māori seats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33908/maori-polling-booth-1902 (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Rawiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2016