Henare Kaihau

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1896–1899 13th Western Maori Independent
1899–1902 14th Western Maori Independent
1902–1905 15th Western Maori Independent
1905–1908 16th Western Maori Independent
1908–1909 17th Western Maori Independent
1909–1911 Changed allegiance to: Reform
Henare Kaihau (second row, middle). Front row from left: Richard Seddon, Premier; Mahuta Tāwhiao, Maori King. Second row from left: Tupu Taingakawa Te Waharoa, Maori Kingmaker; Henare Kaihau; James Carroll, MP. Taken at Huntly, New Zealand in 1898

Henare Kaihau (1854/1860? – 20 May 1920) was a New Zealand Māori politician, serving as Member of the House of Representatives for the Western Maori electorate.

His birth year is uncertain. The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography gives a range from 1854 to 1860, [1] whereas Wilson gives 1855.[2]

He unsuccessfully contested the Western Maori electorate in the 1884 election. Of eight candidates, he came fifth with 9.7% of the vote.[3] In the 1886 by-election, he came third out of five candidates.[4][5] In the 1896 election, he defeated Ropata Te Ao,[6] and he held the Western Maori electorate to 1911 when he was defeated by Maui Pomare.[2]

Wilson notes him as a Reform Party supporter.[2] Kaihau does, however, appear on a poster of the Liberal Party in 1910.[7] The New Zealand Herald, in its 1905 election reporting, also lists him as a government supporter, i.e. a Liberal.[8] Those newspapers that listed political affiliation for Maori candidates for the 1908 election, The Star (Christchurch) and The Tuapeka Times, also show him as a supporter of the Ward Ministry.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaihau, Henare". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 209. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ "The Western Maori Election". Waikato Times. XXIII (1885). 5 August 1884. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wanganui Herald". Wanganui Herald XXI (6117). 11 January 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Western Maori Election". The Evening Post. XXXII (191). 30 December 1886. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Untitled". Poverty Bay Herald XXIV (7816). 4 January 1897. p. 2. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Members of the Liberal Party". NZ Liberal Party. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Maori Election". The New Zealand Herald XLII (13055). 21 December 1905. p. 6. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Maori Electorates". The Star (9385). 6 November 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "The General Election". The Tuapeka Times XL (5596). 5 December 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ropata Te Ao
Member of Parliament for Western Maori
1896–1911
Succeeded by
Maui Pomare