M. P. K. Sorrenson


M. P. K. Sorrenson is one of New Zealand’s most important living historians. He began as a junior lecturer in the University of Auckland history department in 1958, and completed a DPhil at Oxford and further research in East Africa, before returning to Auckland in 1964. He taught there for the next 31 years. He was president of CARE in the 1970s, sat on the council of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for a decade and was a leading member of the Waitangi Tribunal for 25 years.

He is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, and a descendant, on his mother's side, of Pukenga, Wairaka and Toroa of Mataatua.