Appreciated as the initial person in the indigenous Māori group to provide in the Parliament of Brand-new Zealand, this early twentieth-century politician kept office from 1928 until 1934 as Minister of Māori Affairs. After gaining a qualification in politics from Canterbury School College, he continued to get a law level from the School of Auckland. He released a Māori traditional tune collection entitled Nga Moteatea. Following loss of life of his fiancee, Te Rina Tamati, he wedded his deceased love’s youthful sister, Arihia Kane Tamati. The union led to five sons and six daughters. He and fellow New Zealand politician Ralph Hanan both kept workplace as Minister of Māori Affairs.