Kōrero: Labour Party

Iriaka Rātana and Mabel Howard

Iriaka Rātana and Mabel Howard

This 1969 photo shows Labour leader Norman Kirk, then leader of the opposition, embracing two veteran women MPs, Iriaka Rātana (left) and Mabel Howard (right). Both women, and their colleague Robert McFarlane (far right) were retiring after long Parliamentary careers. Rātana became the first Māori woman MP after winning the seat of Western Māori in 1949. Howard first entered Parliament as MP for Christchurch East in 1943. She later served as minister of health and in other cabinet posts.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1969/4717

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - Māori and women in the Labour Party', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/34054/iriaka-ratana-and-mabel-howard (accessed 6 February 2023)

He kōrero nā Peter Aimer, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015