- Koro Wetere
Hon. Koro Tainui Wetere CBE (Born
22 June 1935) is a former New Zealandpolitician. He was an MP from 1969to 1996, representing the Labour Party. He served as Minister of Maori Affairsin the Fourth Labour Government ( 1984- 1990).
Member of Parliament
He was first elected to Parliament in the 1969 elections as MP for the
Western Maorielectorate, one of the four Maori seatsin New Zealand's House of Representatives. Given Labour's traditional dominance in the Maori seats, Wetere held his position without difficulty until his retirement at the 1996 elections.
Minister of Maori Affairswhen the Labour Party won the 1984 elections.
Wetere was criticised at one point for the "Maori Loans" scandal, in which the head of Wetere's department attempted to arrange an unauthorised loan to help Maori businesses. Wetere was the subject of strong attacks over the issue by National Party MP
Winston Peters, but denied any wrongdoing. When Labour lost power in the 1990 elections, Wetere returned to opposition for two terms before retiring from politics.
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