TWO INDEPENDENTS To date two candidates have announced themselves as nominees for the Western Maori by-election for the seat in Parliament made vacant through the death of Mr. .H. T. Ratana. First to declare himself was Mr. Kapou Erueti, an airman returned from service overseas, who will stand as an Independent Labour candidate. Next was Mr. Pei te Hurunui Jones, Hawera, who stated that he had the support of the Maori King and his family for his nomination as an Independent. Who the candidates for the two main political parties will be has yet to be decided. There are 14 Labour Party nominees, including Mr. Matiu Ratana, younger brother of Mr. Ratana. It is stated that Mr. Erueti's candidature represents a direct challenge to the Ratana movement. Mr. Erueti is reported td have the backing of the Maramatanga Christian Society, an incorporated body with headquarters at Kai-Iwi, which is led and was founded by Mrs. Ngapiki Hakaraia, wife of a Methodist minister. Mr. Pei te Hurunui Jones was reported recently to have completed translations in Maori of Shakespearean works with the object of giving the Maoris a wider choice of literature and of providing classical works for students of the Maori language. At the General Election last year he stood for Western Maori as an Independent Labour candidate, and was second to the late Mr. Ratana (Labour) in a field of six candidates. He is a brother of Mr. M. Rotohiko Jones, private secretary to the Native Minister (Mr. Mason). The dates for the holding of the byelection and the closing of nominations have not yet been announced. Shortly before the House of Representatives adjourned this month the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Nash) said that February 10 was the date contemplated as polling day and Januai-y 24 had been mentioned as the date for the closing of nominations.
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VACANT SEAT, Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 153, 27 December 1944
VACANT SEAT Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 153, 27 December 1944
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