Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

Te Pire Pootitanga (Electorate Bill), 1878

This article appeared in the Māori-language newspaper Te Waka Maori on 30 October 1878. It refers to the Electoral Act 1878, which allowed Māori voters to vote on both the Māori and general electoral rolls. In both Māori and English, the article states that 'we ourselves are opposed to the Maori dual vote. We do not believe it to be a measure calculated to promote the welfare of the Maori either politically or socially. We are sure it will create jealousy and ill-feeling between the Pakeha and the Maori ...' The dual vote for Māori lasted until 1893.

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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Te Waka Maori o Niu Tireni, 30 October, 1878, p. 1-3

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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Controversy over Māori seats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/33913/te-pire-pootitanga-electorate-bill-1878 (accessed 15 November 2019)

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