Mete Paetahi

Mete Paetahi
Mete Paetahi
Formal seated portrait photograph of a man in his 50s wearing a uniform and holding a patu.
Formal seated portrait photograph of Mete Paetahi, one of the first four Māori MPs, wearing a uniform and holding a patu.
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Western Maori
In office
1868 – 1870
Personal details
Born ca. 1813
 New Zealand
Died 22 September 1883
Putiki, Wanganui
 New Zealand
Profession Māori chief, politician

Mete Kingi te Rangi Paetahi (ca. 1813 – 22 September 1883) was a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. He was one of four Māori elected in first Māori elections of 1868 for the new Māori electorates in the New Zealand parliament.


Private life

Paetahi was the chief of the Ngāti Poutama hapu of the Wanganui Region.[1]

Political career

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1868–1870 4th Western Maori Independent

At the nomination meeting in Wanganui, held at the Courthouse, Mete Paetahi was the only candidate proposed.[2] He was thus elected unopposed.[3] He represented the electorate of Western Maori from 1868 to 1870. He contested the electorate again at the 1871 general election, but was defeated by Wiremu Parata.


  1. ^ McLintock 1966, p. ?.
  2. ^ "Latest News from Wanganui". Wellington Independent: p. 5. Volume XXII, Issue 2669, 18 April 1868. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilson 2003, p. 13.


Parliament of New Zealand
New constituency Member of Parliament for Western Maori
Succeeded by
Wiremu Parata

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