Piri Wiri Tua Movement

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Piri Wiri Tua Movement was a Māori political party in New Zealand associated with the Ratana movement.

In the 1999 elections, the Piri Wiri Tua Movement fielded three candidates, who won 568 votes between them. [1] In the 2002 elections, the party was affiliated to the Mana Māori Movement.

One of the party's better known candidates was the entertainer Dalvanius Prime.

The name "Piri Wiri Tua" was sometimes used by the religion's founder, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, and means The Campaigner. A literal translation is Billy Bore Through or stick fast and bore to the other side. In 2002 the Ratana church successfully objected to the registration of the party, based on the fact that "Piri Wiri Tua" "...is used in a number of other ways by church followers...", and that "...would confuse and mislead voters into wrongly thinking the church had endorsed the party". [2]

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  1. "1999 Election: Summary of Overall Results". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  2. "Electoral Commission rejects name". TVNZ. 15 January 2002. Retrieved 30 March 2020.