Tame Parata


Tame Parata
Tame Haereroa Parata.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Southern Maori
In office
1885–1911
Preceded by Hori Kerei Taiaroa
Succeeded by Taare Parata
Personal details
Born c.1837
Ruapuke Island, New Zealand
Died (1917-03-06)6 March 1917
Puketeraki, near Karitane, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Peti Hurene (Elizabeth Brown)
Relations Taare Parata (son)
Ned Parata (son)
Hekia Parata (g-g-granddaughter)

Tame Parata (c.1837 – 6 March 1917), also known as Thomas Pratt, was a Māori and a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1885–1887 9th Southern Maori Independent
1887–1890 10th Southern Maori Independent
1890–1893 11th Southern Maori Liberal
1893–1896 12th Southern Maori Liberal
1896–1899 13th Southern Maori Liberal
1899–1902 14th Southern Maori Liberal
1902–1905 15th Southern Maori Liberal
1905–1908 16th Southern Maori Liberal
1908–1911 17th Southern Maori Liberal

Parata was born on Ruapuke Island in Foveaux Strait.[1] His father was a Captain Trapp, a whaler from Massachusetts, and his mother was Koroteke of the Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe and Waitaha tribes. It is said that Tame reversed his father's name to Pratt, and transliterated it to Parata in Māori.[2]

He won the Southern Maori electorate in the 1885 by-election after the resignation of Hori Kerei Taiaroa, and held it to 1911, when he retired; he was succeeded in the electorate by his youngest son, Taare Parata.[3][4] Subsequently on 13 June 1912 Parata Sr was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council, where he sat until he died on 6 March 1917.[5][2] Hekia Parata, a former member of Parliament, is his great-great-granddaughter.[6]

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