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THE SOUTHERN NATIVE MEMBER.

Tbe result of the polling leaves but tiiUe doabt that Tame Porata will be returned as-in to represent the South Island Maori Electoral District. He represented the Maori people of this island in the last Parliament, and attended so closely to tbe want* of his constituents that opposition w_* hardiv cxpect-sL, Ranieria Erihana or _3H«*>- r_o the election pretty close upon this occasion, and bad he been successful tbe Natives of tbe North would have js-taed a vote, as well al«o would the Xortl, Island representatives have been materially strengthened. Porata is a half caste, hi* father being Captain Pratt, tbe master of a whaling ship, and be was horn at Rnpaki Island, off the BlutT. Porata'* nearest connections are with the Xaautuhorapa and Ngatiweriri tribes. He Kved -£-t of hi. life at and although he can speak finenilr. read* and write*imperfectly. He jwssesies a quick P«™P* ion i» ml looked up to a* the leader of the runanga of his di-trict, besides having done much to foster thf education of the young Maoris in the locality. It has always been his object to improve the systems of Maori far-iinz. and to bring them on the level ot tbeKuropean rotations, as well as to induce Unproveroent in breeding sheep and horse*. For many years he has taken an interest la the agricultural show of his district, and has displayed great interest in tbe temperance question. His position in politics has been to rapport the present Ckjvemment, and here it may be noted that the K*ia*poi runanga baa recently ] iMmed a circular containing a resolution {-opposed to have been inspired) advising tbe Maori- to support Stout-Vogel candidates, ia their districts a* well as where tbe Maori* have vote* for European toemhera. In the Houae, Porata, although he baa *ieen a keen observer, has apoken but little up to last aes_k>_, when l_e became most demoo-tratlve on the South l«l_nd Native Buns RilL and Mr Speaker had to tell the hon. member he was making too much noise by thumping the tabic. Porata was determined to rr_i*t the Bill by every form of the House till time was given him to make a proper perusal of it. The BUI was, however, amended ia Committee, and on its tlurd reading Porata expressed his gratitude to members, and said he thought tbe Natives would benefit from it. Porata's age is about _fty-©»e. an* he re-dcs witb bis wife and family at Waikouait-

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THE SOUTHERN NATIVE MEMBER., Press, Volume XLIV, Issue 6856, 14 September 1887

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THE SOUTHERN NATIVE MEMBER. Press, Volume XLIV, Issue 6856, 14 September 1887

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