Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

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

First Māori MPs: Mete Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi

Mete Kīngi Te Rangi Paetahi was a leader of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi of the Whanganui region. He opposed the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) and in 1864 led Māori allies of the government at the battle of Moutoa. In later engagements during the New Zealand wars he was known as General Mete Kīngi. He was elected as the first member of Parliament for Western Māori in 1868. In 1881 he took part in the dispersal of most of the residents of Parihaka.

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - Māori responses to te tiriti – 1880 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37971/first-maori-mps-mete-kingi-te-rangi-paetahi (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange