Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

Ralph Love, Petone mayor, 1965

Ralph Love, Petone mayor, 1965

The mayor and mayoress of Petone, Mākere Rangiātea (Ralph) Love (Te Āti Awa) and his wife Flora, are shown in 1965, the year Love was elected mayor on a Labour Party platform. Previously, he had worked as private secretary to the Māori MP Eruera Tirikātene. In 1962 Love was elected to the Wellington City Council, and he became Petone's mayor in the following election. He lost the mayoralty in 1967 but was re-elected in a by-election. He was knighted in 1987.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1965/3815

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Local body representation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

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