Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

Maori Representation Act 1867

The Māori seats in New Zealand's Parliament were created by this 1867 act. It was passed during a period of warfare between the government and several North Island Māori tribes, and was seen as a way to reduce conflict between the races in future. However, the new seats gave Māori far less representation in Parliament than the general seats gave Europeans, and well into the 20th century Māori suffered from official neglect. 

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1867, pp. 491-493

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Representation in Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

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