Ranginui Walker was an academic who had a long history of speaking out on behalf of Māori issues. Here he is shown speaking at the marae of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on the occasion of the launch of Māori peoples of New Zealand, a publication drawn from Te Ara's stories about iwi. Walker, of Te Whakatōhea from the Bay of Plenty, was educated at Auckland Teachers' Training College before joining the staff of the University of Auckland. For a long period he wrote an influential column on contemporary issues from a Māori perspective for the New Zealand Listener. He also wrote a highly influential history of the Māori experience in New Zealand, Ka whawhai tonu mātou: struggle without end.
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