Tuiti Makitanara

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Tuiti Makitanara
Tuiti Makitanara.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
In office
Preceded by Henare Uru
Succeeded by Eruera Tirikatene
Personal details
Born (1874-08-08)8 August 1874
Havelock, New Zealand
Died 24 June 1932(1932-06-24) (aged 57)
Hokio Beach, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Karaitiana McGregor (m. c.1889–1932, his death)

Tuiti Makitanara (8 August 1874 – 24 June 1932), sometimes known as Sweet MacDonald, was a Māori and United Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

Early life and family

Of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Muaūpoko and Ngāti Apa descent, Makitanara was born at Havelock in 1874. His mother was Rina Puhipuhi Meihana and his father was Teoti MacDonald. Predominantly self-educated, Makitanara began working as a farmer with his father at age 14, and later became a flaxmiller in Marlborough and at Foxton. He married Karaitiana McGregor in about 1889 and the couple had eight children.[1]

Makitanara assisted Elsdon Best and William John Elvy with the collection of Māori history in Marlborough, took an active interest in Māori land issues and education, and assisted with the recruitment of Māori during World War I.[1]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Southern Maori United
1931–1932 24th Southern Maori United

Makitanara first stood for Parliament at the 1925 general election as an independent candidate for Southern Maori,[1][2] finishing second, 16 votes behind the incumbent, Henare Uru, in a field of five.[3]

At the 1928 general election, Makitanara once again stood for the Southern Maori seat, this time as the candidate of the United Party. He tied with the Rātana candidate, Eruera Tirikatene, 198 votes each, but was elected on the casting vote of the returning officer.[4]

Makitanara was re-elected in the 1931 general election, defeating Tirikatene with a majority of 20 votes.[5] However, he died suddenly at Hokio Beach, near Levin, less than seven months later, on 24 June 1932.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Patete, Anthony. "Makitanara, Tuiti". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ "A Maori independent". Evening Post. 29 October 1925. p. 11. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Maori election". Evening Post. 4 November 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ "On casting vote: Mr. Makitanara elected". Auckland Star. 23 November 1928. p. 5. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Maori elections". Evening Post. 2 December 1931. p. 10. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henare Uru
Member of Parliament for Southern Maori
Succeeded by
Eruera Tirikatene
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