Story: Tōrangapū – Māori and political parties

Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, 1920s

Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, 1920s

Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, the founder of the Rātana faith, displays a Rātana flag from the back seat of a touring car in Taupō in the 1920s. Rātana was founded as a political as well as a spiritual movement. In 1924 Rātana and several followers travelled to Europe to present the British King and the League of Nations with a petition on Māori land confiscations and the Treaty of Waitangi. Rātana candidates stood for Parliament from 1923 and first won election in 1932.

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Ann Sullivan, 'Tōrangapū – Māori and political parties - Rātana, Labour and Mana Motuhake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 February 2024)

Story by Ann Sullivan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 18 Jul 2016