Paraire Karaka Paikea

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Paraire Karaka Paikea
Paraire Karaka Paikea.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northern Maori
In office
1938 – 6 April 1943
Preceded by Taurekareka Henare
Succeeded by Tapihana Paraire Paikea
Personal details
Born 1 June 1894
Otamatea, Kaipara, New Zealand
Died 6 April 1943(1943-04-06) (aged 48)
Wanganui, New Zealand
Children Tapihana Paraire Paikea

Paraire Karaka Paikea (1 June 1894 – 6 April 1943) was a New Zealand Māori politician

Early life[edit]

Of Te Uri-o-Hau and Ngāti Whātua descent, Paraire Karaka Paikea was born in Otamatea, in the Kaipara area of Northland. An ordained Methodist Minister by 1921, he joined the Rātana movement and by 1924 was on the Rātana council. In June 1925 he was one of the original gazetted Rātana ministers.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Northern Maori Labour

Paikea captured the Rātana Movement's third Māori electorate of Northern Maori from Taurekareka Henare in 1938.[2] He was Minister without portfolio representing the Māori race from 1941 to 1943 and was also Māori Recruiting Director on the War Administration Board. Known as "Piri Wiri Tua", after Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, his early death on 6 April 1943[2] ended a promising career.

He was succeeded as MP by his son Tapihana Paraire Paikea at the 1943 election.[2] The need for a proposed by-election to be held on 19 June 1943 was avoided by a special Act of Parliament passed on 11 June 1943 (the By-elections Postponement Act 1943) postponing the vote until the (delayed) general election was held.


  1. ^ Ballara, Angela. "Paikea, Paraire Karaka". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 131. 
  • Henderson, James Mcleod (1963). Ratana The Man, The Church, The Movement (1st ed.) A.H & A.W. Reed Ltd ISBN 0-589-00619-3.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Taurekareka Henare
Member of Parliament for Northern Maori
Succeeded by
Tapihana Paraire Paikea