Apirana Ngata

Ngāti Porou; 1874-1950; the leading Māori figure of his day: a land reformer, politician and scholar.

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Sir Apirana Ngata was born in Te Araroa in 1874 and became a lawyer, politician and crucial advocate for the cultural heritage of his people.

Through the early years of the twentieth century Sir Apirana made a vital contribution to the revival of the Māori people and culture: his four-volume collection of Māori song, Ngā Mōteatea, being just one example of a traditional art he preserved and fostered.

Ngata died in 1950. His portrait appears on the New Zealand fifty-dollar note and he is the subject of a biography by Ranginui Walker.

 

Related Titles

Ngā Mōteatea The Songs: An Introduction

Ngā Mōteatea The Songs: Part One

Ngā Mōteatea The Songs: Part Two

Ngā Mōteatea The Songs: Part Three

Ngā Mōteatea The Songs: Part Four