Taare Parata

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Taare Parata
Taare Parata (Free Lance).gif
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
In office
Preceded by Tame Parata
Succeeded by Hopere Uru
Personal details
Born 1865
Puketeraki, near Karitane, New Zealand
Died 8 January 1918(1918-01-08)
Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Katherine Te Rongokahira Asher (m. 1896)
Relations Tame Parata (father)
Ned Parata (brother)
Albert Asher (brother-in-law)
Ernie Asher (brother-in-law)
John Atirau Asher (brother-in law)

Taare Rakatauhake Parata (1865 – 8 January 1918), also known as Charles Rere Parata, was a Māori and a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1911–1914 18th Southern Maori Liberal
1914–1918 19th Southern Maori Liberal

Parata was born at Puketeraki near Karitane in 1865,[1] the son of Tame Parata (later the MP for Southern Maori) and his wife Peti Hurene, also known as Elizabeth Brown.[2] He affiliated to the Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha iwi (tribes).[2] His paternal grandfather was Captain Pratt, a whaler from Massachusetts.[3] He received his education at Dunedin Normal School.[1]

In 1896, Parata was a working for the Native Land Court as a clerk and licensed interpreter.[2] On 15 June of that year in Tauranga he married Katherine Te Rongokahira Asher, who belonged to the Te Arawa tribe.[2][4] She was the daughter of a Jewish trader, David Asher,[2] and granddaughter of Asher Asher, the first captain of the Auckland Fire Brigade.[4] Her brothers included rugby players Albert Asher and Ernie Asher.[2] Another brother, John Atirau Asher, came to live with Te Rongokahira and Charles Parata in Wellington in about 1906.[5] The couple had one daughter and two sons of their own.[2]

Charles and Te Rongokahira Parata were among the leaders of "progressive" Māori society and strongly supported the manifesto of what become the Young Māori Party. They often spent time in Wellington, and moved there permanently in 1905. Parata left his position with the Native Land Court and joined William Moffatt in business as land and estate agents, interpreters and native agents; Moffatt running the Palmerston North branch and Parata the head office in Wellington.[2]

Following his father's elevation to the Legislative Council in 1911, Parata succeeded his father as Member of Parliament for the Southern Maori electorate in the 1911 general election, and he held the seat until 1918, when he died in Wellington.[6][7] His body was returned to Puketeraki for burial.[2]


  1. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : M–Addenda (PDF). II. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. p. 147. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ballara, Angela. "Parata, Katherine Te Rongokahira". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Parata, Tame Haereroa". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Bowling Notes". The Free Lance. XVII (913). 11 January 1918. p. 21. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Asher-Payne, Ringakapo Tirangaro. "Asher, John Atirau". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 225. OCLC 154283103. 
  7. ^ "Deaths". Otago Daily Times. 10 January 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tame Parata
Member of Parliament for Southern Maori
Succeeded by
Hopere Uru