1932 Southern Maori by-election

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The Southern Maori by-election of 1932 was a by-election during the 24th New Zealand Parliament. The election was held on 3 August 1932.

The seat of Southern Maori became vacant following the death of the sitting member Tuiti Makitanara.

Six candidates contested the seat, which was won by Eruera Tirikatene.[1][2] This was the first seat ever won by the Ratana party.


The following table gives the election results:

1932 Southern Maori by-election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Ratana Eruera Tirikatene 425 44.69 +10.34
United/Reform William Teihoka Parata 184 19.35
Independent Peter McDonald 132 13.88
Independent Joseph Beaton (United/Reform Coalition) 113 11.88
Independent Tame Bragg (Reform) 94 9.88
Independent Wiremu Mihaka 3 0.32
Majority 241 25.34 +23.27
Turnout 951

Tirikatene stayed in parliament until his death in 1967. He eventually joined the Labour Party after they merged with Ratana.


  1. ^ "Maori By-Election". Evening Post. CXIV (30). 4 August 1932. p. 12. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b The General Election, 1931. Government Printer. 1932. p. 6. Retrieved 25 December 2014.

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