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Katene, Wiremu, a northern chief, for a considerable time represented one of the Maori constituencies in the House of Representatives, New Zealand. When the Waterhouse Ministry decided to give the Maoris some voice in the Councils of the colony, Wiremu Katene and his colleague, Wiremu Parata, were made members of the Executive Council or ministers without portfolio. Katene held this office from Nov. 4th, 1872, till Feb. 15th, 1876.