Hon Hori Kerei Taiaroa, MLC


Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe (? – 1905)

Iwi map - Hon Hori Kerei Taiaroa, MLCIWI / HAPU AFFILIATIONS

Hori Kerei Taiaroa belonged to the prominent Ngāi Tahu family of Taiaroa. He was born and grew up in Otakou on the Otago peninsula around the 1830s or early 1840s. His mother was Mawera of Ngāti Rangiwhakaputa and his father was Te Matenga Taiaroa of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki.

Taiaroa was taught to read and write by Wesleyan missionaries. He was christened Hori Kerei after former Governor Sir George Grey1 but was known to his elders as Huriwhenua. He married Tini Pana (Jane Burns) around the late 1850s or the early 1860s at Otakou. Her mother was of Ngāi Tuahuriri of Ngāi Tahu and her Scottish father was a farmer at Moeraki. Hori and Tini had six sons.

Hori Kerei Taiaroa was elected to the House of Representatives for the Southern Māori district in 1878. He served two terms in office and left Parliament in 1884. A year later, he was called back to Parliament to serve on the Legislative Council as a life member. An outspoken yet pragmatic politician, he advanced Ngāi Tahu land claims against the Government but did not live to see a settlement outcome. Hori Kerei Taiaroa died at Wellington on 4 August 1905 and was buried in the churchyard at Otakou. He was survived by his wife, Tini, and four sons, Te One Wiwi, Te Oti Kerei, Riki Te Mairaki and Hoani Korako. Two sons, Matenga Kerei (Te Maateka) and Apa, had died before him.2

This portrait is dated 1901, but in Lindauer's notebook is an annotated entry that reads: 'No. 15. Painted the following Māori portraits in Wellington 1877.'


  1. Keith Sinclair, 'Grey, George 1812 - 1898', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 24 February 2010.
  2. Harry C. Evison, 'Taiaroa, Hori Kerei ? - 1905', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 24 February 2010.
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  • Ria Taiaroa - Ngai Tahu, Ngati Toa

    At 1pm on 8 May 2013

    I am also great great great grandaughter of Hori Kerei Taiaroa, I am doing an asignment about my great grandmother. Ria Moheko Taiaroa. If anyone has some informationa bout her please feel free to email me. It would be greatly appreciated

  • Tia Taiaroa - Kai tahu, Kati mamoe, waitaha, Te Ati awa

    At 1pm on 28 June 2012

    great great great great drandaughter of this fullah :)

  • maaki Love - Kai tahu

    At 1pm on 7 September 2010

    kia ora Yvonne, Best advice I can give you would be to contact Mr Terry Ryan at the Whakapapa unit at Te Waipounamu house in Christchurch, he will be able to shed light on your enquire. Good luck

  • Yvonne Elizabeth King - ?

    At 10am on 5 July 2010

    An impressive stature of a man. Impressive. In fact they all are. Tini (Jane Burns) was my mother's father's father's sister. Does this make me eligible to become part of Ngai Tahu? My mother Marian Phyllis Souter (Burns) is I think, but am I too far down the track? And if I am still able, how exactly do I do this? Yvonne King (Souter)

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