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BY-ELECTION

WESTERN MAORI

DENIAL OF STATEMENT °"?;«, v WANGANUI, This Day. Although the names of some 14 Maoris have been submitted to the national executive of the Parliamentary Labour Party by various Maori Labour committees throughout the Weftern Maori electorate, it is almost certain that Mr. Mariu Ratana, younger brother of the late Mr. H. T. Ratana, M.P., will be the official Labour candidate to contest the by-election in Feb"lt is understood by most of those w^° nave been nominated that they will stand down and support the candidate who becomes the official nominee," said a spokesman of the Ratana Movement last night. This, however, would not apply to Mr Kapou Erueti, of Kai Iwi, who had declared, when his nomination was submitted by the Pukerangiora committee (Waitara), that he intended to stand as an Independent Labour candidate. "It is an incorrect and blasphemous statement to say that I am against the Ratana Movement," said Mr. Erueti, in a statement to the Press last night referring to statements which had been published in Taranaki, Wellington, and Auckland newspapers relative to his reasons for standing. "My entry to politics is not a challenge to the Ratana Movement," he added, pointing out that he had been a member of that movement for more than 20 years, at various times in a secretarial capacity. He acted as one of the campaigners for the late Mr. Ratana in 1935, when he won the seat. REASON FOR ENTERING POLITICS. "My purpose in entering politics is to bring the Treaty of Waitangi for- ! ward on the floor of the House," said Mr. Erueti. "The Treaty, and all it implies for the Maori, was the basis of the policy of the late Mr. T. W. ;Ratana', founder of the Ratana Move:ment." Last year, through the then Labour member for New Plymouth (Mr. Frost), petitions were presented to the House, one- bearing on the Treaty, and supported by the Maramatanga Christian Society, and the other two from New Plymouth and Waitara respectively, both of which referred to confiscation of land belonging to the Maoris and the redress to which they considered they were entitled. The latter two petitions, Mr. Erueti said, received consideration from the Native Affairs Commictee of the House, but that relating to the Treaty, apparently, had been forgotten. It was to expound again the policy of the Ratana founder that Mr. Erueti intended to stand, and as that policy was supported by the Maramatanga Christian Society, he expected support from ■ that body. Mr. Erueti also said it was incorrect to say that he was n returned serviceman from overseas. He was an i airman, with two years' service within SUPPORT OF MAORI KING. • °£ c + Otlf e ™nomination as a candidate is mat of Mr Pai te Hurunui Jones, of Hawera, who states that he has the support of the Maori King. Mr. Jones who formerly lived in Wanganui, is likely to stand as an Independent • r lon? llst- He recently translated , into Maori some of Shakespeare's >^h% ?ne^ercha n t of Venice," Othello,' and "Julius Caesar" Wanganui Maori people have nominated Mr. Wharehiki Hekenui and'those at Taupo Mr. P. Hura. Both, it is reported, will stand down if they are not given official Labour backing. The Maramatanga Christian Society, which adheres to several of the principles of policy laid down by the founder of the Ratana Movement, came into being some few years ago, when Mrs. Ngapiki Hakaraia, wife of a Methodist minister, discovered that she had faithi healing powers similar to those of the1 late* Mr. T. W. Ratana. She developed a following of many of the Ratana adherents after the death of the founder, and when Mr. Opipiri Moerua,.one time chief disciple of the Ratana cult, joined her ranks, her branch of the Ratana faith was increased considerably. It says that it has many followers in the Western Maori district, and as it claims to stand for the original policy of the founder of the Ratana faith, may grow even more.

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BY-ELECTION, Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 154, 28 December 1944

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