|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
|Preceded by||Hopere Uru|
|Succeeded by||Tuiti Makitanara|
|Born||Henare Whakatau Uru
Kaiapoi, New Zealand
|Died|| (aged 56)
Wellington, New Zealand
|Spouse(s)||Ruita Te Aika (m. 1891; div. 1896)
Gladys Constance Mary Rogers (m. 1915)
|Relations||Hopere Uru (brother)
Tui Uru (daughter)
Jade Uru (great-grandson)
Storm Uru (great-grandson)
Early life and family
Uru was born at Kaiapoi in 1872. His father was Hoani Uru, a farmer, and his mother was Kataraina Kaiparoa. A member of the Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapū (sub-tribe) of Ngāi Tahu, Uru was educated at Rangiora High School.
He married Ruita Te Aika in 1891, but the couple divorced in 1896. Uru subsequently married Gladys Constance Mary Rogers in 1915. Their son, also named Henare Whakatau Uru, served as a pilot officer during World War II and was killed while on operations over Europe with 299 Sqn in 1944. Their daughter, Tui Uru, was the first Māori presenter on New Zealand television.
A member of the North Canterbury Mounted Rifle Volunteers, Uru attended the opening of the Australian federal parliament in 1901. He also managed the Rapaki Music Company and has been credited with introducing the tune Now is the Hour to New Zealand.
|New Zealand Parliament|
Uru won the Southern Maori electorate in the 1922 Southern Maori by-election following the death of his brother Hopere Uru in November 1921. He retained his seat at the 1922 and 1925 general elections, but was defeated in 1928 when he finished third behind Tuiti Makitanara and Eruera Tirikatene.
Uru's main parliamentary contribution was the progression of Ngāi Tahu issues, leading to the formation of the Ngaitahu Trust Board in 1929. He was also a member of the Board of Maori Ethnological Research. He died in Wellington in 1929 and was buried at Tuahiwi, near Kaiapoi.
- Lock, Christine Elizabeth. "Uru, Henare Whakatau and Uru, John Hopere Wharewiti". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- "Henare Whakatau Uru". Online Cenotaph. Auckland War Memorial Museum. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- Benson, Nigel (18 May 2013). "Warm, professional and always a lady". Otago Daily Times. p. 36.
- "Obituary". Evening Post. 8 March 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 144.
- "Maori seats". The Press. 14 November 1928. p. 8. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Southern Maori