Tiaki Omana

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Tiaki Omana
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Born18 December 1891
Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Died24 June 1970
Napier, New Zealand
Relatives John Davies Ormond (grandfather)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose Forward
National team(s)
1923 New Zealand 1 (0)

Tiaki Omana (18 December 1891 – 24 June 1970), also known by the English name Jack Ormond, was a New Zealand rugby union player and politician. He won the Rātana Movement's fourth Maori electorate of Eastern Maori in 1943 from Āpirana Ngata who had held it since 1905. He was of aristocratic Ngāti Rongomaiwahine descent and was also a grandson of John Davies Ormond, first Superintendent of Hawke's Bay.

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Eastern Maori was one of the four original New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorates founded in 1867. It was replaced by the Te Tai Rawhiti electorate in 1996.


Early life

A keen rugby player, Tiaki Omana played Ranfurly Shield matches for his province, Hawke's Bay, and once for the All Blacks in 1923 against a team from New South Wales. Even after joining the New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion and fighting in France during World War I, he was still able to play on the wing for the Pioneer Battalion team.

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Omana was a sheepfarmer on the isolated Mahia Peninsula before becoming a Member of Parliament.

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1943 1946 27th Eastern Maori Labour
1946 1949 28th Eastern Maori Labour
1949 1951 29th Eastern Maori Labour
1951 1954 30th Eastern Maori Labour
1954 1957 31st Eastern Maori Labour
1957 1960 32nd Eastern Maori Labour
1960 1963 33rd Eastern Maori Labour

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  1. 1 2 Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 224. OCLC   154283103.
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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Āpirana Ngata
Member of Parliament for Eastern Maori
Succeeded by
Puti Tipene Watene