‘Ka hoki a Kupe?’ The political career of Matiu Rata, 1963–1979

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dc.contributor.author McDowell, Tiopira en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-06T02:08:10Z en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation The New Zealand journal of history 49(1):105-125 2015 en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-8322 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35903 en
dc.description.abstract This article charts the political career of the Honourable Matiu Rata, Rātana–Labour MP and member for Northern Māori between 1963 and 1979. Rata’s career is worthy of closer inspection, as it marks an important phase in the history of Māori engagement with parliament and represents one of the high points of Māori political achievement. To explain the twists and turns that came to typify the life of this complex and unpredictable figure we must look to his background and his early career. Understanding Rata’s personality and his dynamic politics in these early years is crucial to understanding the dramatic decision he made to leave the Labour Party in 1979. A greater awareness of the historical context and of the trend of politicians, historians and the media consistently undervaluing Māori politicians helps to explain why Rata was able to pursue his goals where others had faltered, and why he was underestimated by his colleagues. Far more needs to be known about the politics, personality and career of this significant and influential Māori politician and leader. Understanding his career in turn explains much about Māori political engagement and the limitations of Māori parliamentary representation. en
dc.publisher University of Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The New Zealand journal of history en
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dc.title ‘Ka hoki a Kupe?’ The political career of Matiu Rata, 1963–1979 en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 105 en
pubs.volume 49 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: University of Auckland en
pubs.author-url http://www.nzjh.auckland.ac.nz/document.php?wid=2107&action=null en
pubs.end-page 125 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 489733 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Maori and Pacific Studies en
pubs.org-id Maori Studies en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-07-08 en

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