Hori Kerei Taiaroa

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Hori Kerei Taiaroa
Hori Taiaroa.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
In office
1871–1879
Preceded byJohn Patterson
Succeeded byIhaia Tainui
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
In office
1881–1885
Preceded byIhaia Tainui
Succeeded byTame Parata
Personal details
Bornc.1840
Otakou, New Zealand
Died(1905-08-04)4 August 1905
Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse(s)Tini Pana (Jane Burns)
RelationsTe Matenga Taiaroa (father)
John Taiaroa (son)

Hori Kerei Taiaroa (born 1830s or early 1840s – 4 August 1905), also known as Huriwhenua, was a Māori member of the New Zealand parliament and the Paramount Chief of the southern iwi of Ngāi Tahu. The son of Ngāi Tahu leader Te Matenga Taiaroa and Mawera Taiaroa, he was born at Otakau on the Otago Peninsula in the 1830s or early 1840s.[1]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1871–1875 5th Southern Maori Independent
1876–1879 6th Southern Maori Independent
1881 7th Southern Maori Independent
1881–1884 8th Southern Maori Independent
1884–1885 9th Southern Maori Independent

He represented the Southern Maori electorate from 1871 to February 1879, when he appointed to the Legislative Council.[2] He was disqualified from the Legislative Council in August 1880 over a technicality, which caused bitterness and resentment among Māori.

When appointed by Sir George Grey Taiaroa held (and continued to hold) a salaried (government) office, hence was not eligible to sit in the Council, despite having attended three sessions.[3] He was drawing a salary as a Native Assessor [4] and it was suggested that a Validation Act would have been passed for a European member in that situation.[5]

In 1881 Ihaia Tainui who had held the electorate since 1879 resigned so that Taiaroa could resume the electorate.[1] Taiaroa then held the electorate from 1881 to 1885 when he was again appointed to the Legislative Council, where he served for 20 years until his death.[1][2]

Taiaroa was active in pursuing Ngāi Tahu land claims in Parliament.[1]

Taiaroa's son John Taiaroa played all for the All Blacks in their 1884 tour of New South Wales and went on to work as a lawyer in Hastings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Evison, Harry C. "Taiaroa, Hori Kerei". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840-1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  3. ^ "The Legislative Council". Timaru Herald. 27 March 1882.
  4. ^ "Taiaroa case". Lyttelton Times. 27 August 1880.
  5. ^ "Taiaroa case". Otago DAily Times. 20 August 1880.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Patterson
Member of Parliament for Southern Maori
1871–1879
1881–1885
Succeeded by
Ihaia Tainui
Preceded by
Ihaia Tainui
Succeeded by
Tame Parata