Hoani Nahi

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Hoani Nahi

Hoani Nahi (c. 1833 – 18 May 1894), also spelled Hoani Nahe, was a Māori member of the House of Representatives, author and historian.


Early life and career[edit]

He was born in 1833 or 1834.[1]

His life work was recording Māori history and tradition, particularly of Tainui and Hauraki. He was also involved in contemporary affairs such as land disputes, as at Parawai in 1894 where he contracted a cold, later an inflammation, and died.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1876–1879 6th Western Maori Independent

He was the third MP for Western Maori from 1876, when he defeated Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui and the incumbent, Wiremu Parata.[2][3][4] He retired at the subsequent election in 1879.[5] He was a minister without portfolio, and on the Executive Council of the Grey Ministry (17 November 1877 – 8 October 1879).[6]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Wiremu Parata
Member of Parliament for Western Maori
Succeeded by
Wiremu Te Wheoro


  1. ^ a b Ballara, Angela. "Nahe, Hoani". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 276.
  3. ^ "Wanganui". Auckland Star. VII (1850). 21 January 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maori Election: Western District". Bay Of Plenty Times. IV (351). 19 January 1876. p. 3. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 222.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 67.