Eruera Tirikatene

Eruera Tirikatene

Eruera Tirikatene was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Southern Maori from 1932 to 1967 and leader of the Maori War Effort Organisation after the death of Paraire Paikea in 1943.

Tirikatene became the Ratana movement's first MP when he won a Southern Maori by-election in 1932. Ratana formed an alliance with Labour in 1936, and by 1943 it had secured all four Maori seats. Labour's iron grip on all of the Maori seats was not loosened until 1993.

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