Matiu Ratana

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Not to be confused with Matiu Rata.
Matiu Ratana
Matiu Ratana.PNG
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Western Maori
In office
10 February 1945 – 7 October 1949
Preceded by Toko Ratana
Succeeded by Iriaka Ratana
Personal details
Born 16 December 1912
Parewanui, New Zealand
Died 7 October 1949
Wanganui, New Zealand
Political party Labour

Matiu Rātana (16 December 1912 – 7 October 1949), son of Tahupotiki Wiremu Rātana, is a former New Zealand politician and President of the Rātana Church.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1945–1946 27th Western Maori Labour
1946–1949 28th Western Maori Labour

A younger brother to Haami Tokouru Ratana he succeeded to the Church Presidency, and to the Western Maori electorate (from 10 February 1945, after a by-election) after his brother's death in 1944.[1]

Matiu Rātana died on 7 October 1949 in Wanganui Hospital after a car accident. He was succeeded by his wife Iriaka Ratana as MP.[1] She was the first female Māori MP.


  1. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 228. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Henderson, James Mcleod (1963). Ratana The Man, The Church, The Movement (1st ed.) A.H & A.W. Reed Ltd ISBN 0-589-00619-3.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Haami Tokouru Ratana
Member of Parliament for Western Maori
Succeeded by
Iriaka Matiu Ratana