KAIHAU HENARE - WAIUKU . NZ - 1911 ------ 1920
edmondsallan - Hello - I am not sure about whether his ancestry is inter woven with our extended family . I am sensing that it is . I shall make a note on the file , give to " old faithful " to look after and I'll come back to it another time . In September 1911 Kaihau was granted 14 days' leave of absence from Parliament for health reasons; he had been suffering for some time from gout and rheumatic fever. Knowledge of his bad investments came to Mahuta just before the 1911 general election. Accusations had also been made that Kaihau had appropriated trust fund money for his own use. Mahuta subsequently transferred his allegiance to Maui Pomare, and Pomare defeated Kaihau at the election by 565 votes. Kaihau tried in 1919 to regain the seat, but without success. He died at Waiuku on 20 May the following year.
Henare Kaihau was a man of imposing presence. A large man (weighing 20 stone), he was 'a Hercules in strength and stature', in the words of the prime minister, William Massey, 'and a man with a very great deal of mental ability.' He was a master of political rhetoric, but was also described as 'extraordinarily good-natured and genial'. He has been remembered primarily for the loss of King movement money and the charge of political impropriety brought against him. However, these incidents should not overshadow his vision of Maori self-determination and his effort to unite the King and Kotahitanga movements to this end. His cry - 'give into the hands of the Maori people the power to administer their own affairs; cease to tie up the hands and feet of individuals owning the land' - should have been an important foundation for later demands for Maori self-determination. I can recall seeing him in his " Ancestral Tribal Cloaks " along side the " Maori King and his royal tourage . He certainly was a huge tall man and appeared to be Taller than any one else . Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan