Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

First Māori MPs: Mete Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi (3rd of 3)

First Māori MPs: Mete Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi

Mete Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi, seen here around 1862, was a leader of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi from the Whanganui region. He opposed the Māori King movement and in 1864 led pro-government Māori at the battle of Moutoa. He became the first MP for Western Māori in 1868. Later, in 1881, Mete Kīngi took part in the dispersal of Te Whiti's followers from Parihaka in Taranaki.

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Representation in Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37400/first-maori-mps-mete-kingi-te-rangi-paetahi (accessed 15 November 2019)

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