Sydney Taiwhanga

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1887–1890 10th Northern Maori Independent
1890 11th Northern Maori Independent

Hirini Rawiri Taiwhanga (c. 1832 – 27 November 1890), known as Sydney Taiwhanga, was a 19th-century Māori member of the House of Representatives.

Taiwhanga identified with the Ngāpuhi iwi. He was born in Kaikohe, Northland, New Zealand in about 1832; his father was Rawiri Taiwhanga.[1]

He unsuccessfully contested the Western Maori electorate in the 1884 election. Of eight candidates, he came last with 5.5% of the vote.[2] In the Western Maori 1886 by-election, he came fourth out of five candidates.[3][4]

He represented the Northern Maori electorate from 1887 to 1890 when he died, aged about 55.[5]

He was re-elected in 1890 for Northern Maori, but died on election day. He also stood in Eastern Maori, and came second.[6]

A by-election was held in the Northern Maori electorate on 7 February 1891 to replace him.


  1. ^ Orange, Claudia. "Hirini Rawiri Taiwhanga". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "The Western Maori Election". Waikato Times. XXIII (1885). 5 August 1884. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wanganui Herald". Wanganui Herald. XXI (6117). 11 January 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Western Maori Election". The Evening Post. XXXII (191). 30 December 1886. p. 2. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Death of Sydney Taiwhanga". Poverty Bay Herald. XVII (5932). 28 November 1890. p. 2. 
  6. ^ Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1925) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record (2nd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 138. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Wi Katene
Member of Parliament for Northern Maori
Succeeded by
Eparaima Te Mutu Kapa