The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Wiremu Katene, was a member of the Executive Council in four successive Ministries. He was appointed at the time when the Waterhouse Government on the suggestion of the late Sir Donald McLean, K.C.M.G., Native Minister, decided to give the Maori people some voice in the government of the Colony. Appointed on the 4th of November, 1872, he continued during the Fox, Vogel, and Pollen Administrations, which in turn succeeded the Cabinet of which he was first a member. He is a North Island chief, and represented the Northern Maori Constituency from 1871 to 1875. Wiremu Parata was appointed about the same time, and held office during the continuance of the same governments.