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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Wiremu Parata

Wiremu Parata, became a member of the Waterhouse Ministry in December, 1872, and continued to hold a seat in the Executive Council without portfolio till the resignation of the Pollen Government in February, 1876. He was thus a member of four successive administrations, viz:—the Waterhouse, Fox, Vogel, and Pollen. Wiremu Katene and Wiremu Parata were appointed at the instigation of the late Sir Donald McLean K.C.M.G., who was anxious that the natives should have a voice in the government of New Zealand. The subject of this notice was elected member for the Western Native Constituency in the House of Representatives. A half-caste by birth, his mother being a Ngatiawa chieftainess of very high rank, he adopted the maori name Te Kakakura. He has long engaged in sheep farming at Kapiti Island, and at Waikanae, where he lives in English style. As a speaker in his native language Parata has considerable abilities. On offering himself for re-election he was defeated by Hoani Nahe.