Story: Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori

Apirana Ngata, 1947

Apirana Ngata, 1947

Māori leader and member of Parliament Apirana Ngata spent much of his life promoting aspects of Māori culture to fellow Māori and to non-Māori. This 1947 photo shows him at a meeting of the Polynesian Society, which he had joined 50 years earlier. He became a life member in 1920, was a leading contributor to its journal during the 1940s, and served as president from 1938 until his death in 1950. As a senior politician, Ngata helped to ensure that the society received public funding for its publications. From 1958 his son William maintained a Māori presence on the society's council.

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Ranginui Walker, 'Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori - First attempts at university teaching', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

Story by Ranginui Walker, published 22 Oct 2014