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  • Published: 10 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9781742287485
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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Apirana Turupa Ngata (1874-1943) of Ng ti Porou was one of the most important and illustrious New Zealanders of the twentieth century. He was the most influential Maori leader of recent times. He was born into a world in which Maori were in a debilitated state caused by military domination and land alienation.
Maori, at the beginning of Ngata's life, were said to be a dying race. Ngata's lifelong mission was to restore the balance. Ngata had great gifts of intelligence, energy and foresight. He was the first Maori to obtain a university degree. He was a Member of Parliament from 1905 to 1943 and a hugely influential Minister of Maori Affairs from 1928 to 1934. In this much-acclaimed first-ever full biography of Ranginui Walker describes in detail the huge impact Ngata had on the social, cultureal, economic and political landscape of New Zealand.

  • Pub date: 10 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9781742287485
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Ranginui Walker

Ranginui Walker is from Whakatohea of Opotiki. He was educated at St Peter's Maori College, Auckland Teachers College and the University of Auckland. He recently retired as Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland. He was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001.

Dr Walker was chairman of the Auckland District Maori Council for fifteen years and a member of the New Zealand Maori Council for twenty years. He has contributed many papers and articles on Maori education, culture and history, and has written three previous books: Nga Tau Tohetohe, Years of Anger; Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou, Struggle Without End; Nga Pepa a Ranginui, The Walker Papers, all published by Penguin Books.

Dr Walker is married to Deirdre and they have three children and nine grandchildren.

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