An extremely noteworthy mention of Meri Te Tai Mangakahia, third wife of Hamiora Mangakahia (1868–1920) of Te Rarawa, was born in the Hokianga district. At a meeting of the Parliament in Hawke’s Bay in 1893 Meri Te Tai Mangakahia presented a motion requesting that women participate in the selection of members of parliament. She later addressed the parliament on her motion - the first woman recorded to have ever done so. During her speech she urged that women should not only be allowed to vote, but also to become members in the Māori Parliament. In her view many Māori women owned lands in their own right and should have a say. Her work and that of other NZ women resulted in NZ being the first country in the world to allow women to vote.
Contemporary: Kate Shepherd