|32nd Minister of Māori Affairs|
8 December 1972 – 12 December 1975
|Prime Minister||Norman Kirk
|Preceded by||Duncan MacIntyre|
|Succeeded by||Duncan MacIntyre|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northern Maori
1963 – 1980
|Preceded by||Tapihana Paraire Paikea|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Gregory|
26 March 1934|
Te Hāpua, New Zealand
|Died||25 July 1997(aged 63)|
|Political party||Labour (1963–80)
Mana Motuhake (1980–97)
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|1979–1980||Changed allegiance to:||Independent|
He was the Minister of Lands and Minister of Māori Affairs in the Third Labour Government of New Zealand between 1972 and 1975. He was the architect of both the Māori Affairs Amendment Act of 1974, which gave Māori greater control over their land, and the 1975 creation of the Waitangi Tribunal.
In 1979 he resigned from the Labour Party. In 1980 he resigned from Parliament and formed the Mana Motuhake Party to contest the resulting 1980 by-election. He was defeated by Bruce Gregory, coming second with 991 fewer votes than Gregory.
Following his exit from Parliament Matiu Rata was the leader of the Muriwhenua in presenting their Treaty of Waitangi claims to the Waitangi Tribunal, resulting in a settlement of Māori fishing claims for the tribes of the Far North.
Rata's widow, Nellie Rata, stood for ACT in Te Tai Tokerau at the 1999 general election, having been unsuccessful in securing the Alliance nomination. She received 280 votes, to finish in seventh place in the 13-candidate race.
- "Matiu Rata: Biography". NZ History. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- Bain, Helen (20 September 1999). "Who's who in the ring". New Zealand Herald. p. 6.
|Minister of Māori Affairs
|New Zealand Parliament|
Tapihana Paraire Paikea
|Member of Parliament for Northern Maori
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