Wi Katene

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The Honourable
Wiremu Katene
Wiremu Katene.jpg
Wiremu Katene circa 1871
Minister without portfolio
In office
Nov 1872 – Feb 1876
Prime Minister George Waterhouse
Sir William Fox
Sir Julius Vogel
Daniel Pollen
Personal details
Died 1 November 1895(1895-11-01)
Political party None
Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1871–1875 5th Northern Maori Independent
1887 9th Northern Maori Independent

Wiremu Katene (died 1 November 1895), also known as Wi Katene, was a New Zealand politician.

In 1872 he became the first Māori to be appointed to the Executive Council, becoming the first indigenous Minister of the Crown. He was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1871 to 1875, and again in 1887.[1]

He died on 1 November 1895.[2]


  1. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 118. 
  2. ^ "Local and general news". New Zealand Herald. 11 November 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Frederick Nene Russell
Member of Parliament for Northern Maori
Succeeded by
Hori Tawhiti
Preceded by
Ihaka Hakuene
Succeeded by
Sydney Taiwhanga