Ropata Te Ao

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1893–1896 12th Western Maori Independent

Ropata Te Ao (died 23 April 1908) was a nineteenth-century Māori member of the House of Representatives.

His father was Te Aotuta-hanga and his mother was Te Raute. Te Ao was an elder of the Ngāti Raukawa tribe and lived in Otaki on the Kapiti Coast.[1]

He represented the Western Maori electorate from 1893 after the retirement of Hoani Taipua, to 1896 when he was defeated by Henare Kaihau.[2] He was related to Te Puke Te Ao, who had represented the Western Maori electorate from 1884 until his death in 1886.[1][2]

Te Ao died on 23 April 1908.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. p. 17. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 180. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Hoani Taipua
Member of Parliament for Western Maori
Succeeded by
Henare Kaihau