Story: Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations

Hēmi Pōtatau

Hēmi Pōtatau

Hēmi Pōtatau (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) was born at Nūhaka, in northern Hawke's Bay, and became a Presbyterian minister in 1931. In 1970, at the age of 66, he began university studies and was an active and much-loved member of Victoria University's Te Reo Maori Society. He is seen here in 1978 discussing with children from Wellington's Mt Cook School a petition to set up a Māori television production unit, a campaign that was ultimately successful.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/2230/7-F
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Presbyterian Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30626/hemi-potatau (accessed 29 May 2020)

Story by Hirini Kaa, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Mar 2017