Percy Marunui Murphy

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Percival George Marunui Murphy (6 March 1924 – 3 May 2009) was a New Zealand mayor notable for being the first Māori to hold the title of mayor in New Zealand.

Alongside three of his brothers he served in the Second World War. He was in the 28th Māori Battalion.[1]

Following the war he was a businessman and community leader; he was on the Murupara Borough Council and then served as mayor of Murupara for three terms 1960 to 1969.[1]

Following his retirement from politics, he remained active in the affairs of his iwi Ngati Manawa and his marae Rangitahi. He died in Rotorua.[2]


  1. ^ a b "NZ's first Maori mayor dies". The New Zealand Herald. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Percy Marunui Murphy". 28 Maoribattalion. Retrieved 13 November 2010.