Sir Eruera Tihema Tiritakene


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(b. 5 Jan. 1895, d. 11 Jan. 1967).

Maori politician Born in Kaiapoi (Canterbury), Tiritakene served in World War I, and in 1920 was attracted by the Ratana movement, becoming a minister in the Ratana Church in 1939. In 1932, he was the first Ratana candidate to win a seat in the House of Representatives when he won a by‐election for the Southern Maori electorate. He pressed for an end to long‐standing Maori grievances, e.g. demanding equality in the workplace. As a result of the alliance between Ratana and the Labour Party, he was Labour's chief policy adviser on Maori affairs, 1935–58. As chairman of the Maori War Effort Organization 1939–45 he was a member of the War Cabinet. In 1957–60, he was associate minister for Maori affairs.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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