Story: Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori

Young Māori Woman of the Year contest, 1968

Young Māori Woman of the Year contest, 1968

Ngāpare Hopa (Tainui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) appears at left in this 1968 photo at the Young Māori Woman of the Year contest, part of that year's Māori Women's Welfare League conference. Letty Brown (centre) was the winner, and Hopa and Ramona Lee (right) were the place-getters.

Hopa symbolised a new generation of urban and university-educated Māori. She studied at the University of Auckland and later became the first Māori woman to gain a PhD from Oxford University, with a doctoral thesis on urban Māori. In 1997 she became head of Māori Studies at her old university, Auckland.

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Ranginui Walker, 'Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori - Māori studies at Auckland University', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Ranginui Walker, published 22 Oct 2014