Apirana Ngata

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Ngata, Apirana


Born July 3, 1874; died July 14, 1950. New Zealand scholar, public and political figure. By nationality a Maori.

Ngata was a member of the emerging Maori intelligentsia active in the movement to grant the Maori equal rights with the country’s white population and to preserve the Maori culture (the “Maori rebirth”). During the period 1909–12, Ngata was minister without portfolio with responsibility for Maori affairs; from 1928 to 1934 he was minister for Maori affairs. Ngata was also well known as a scholar of Maori culture.


Complete Manual of Maori Grammar and Conversation, 6th ed. Christ-church, 1948.
The Price of Citizenship. Wellington [1943].
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Sir Apirana Ngata (1874-1950) Sir Apirana Ngata played a significant role in the revival of Maori people and culture during the early years of the twentieth century.
Perhaps the strongest chapter is that devoted to the Maori and the piano, evocatively titled--after a reaction to hearing the instrument for the first time--'Is there a man inside?' Among those with walk-on parts are Maggie Papakura, Apirana Ngata, and the broadcasters Wiremu Kerekere, Wiremu Parker, Kingi Tahiwi and Henare Te Ua.
However, visionary people such as Sir Apirana Ngata, the New Zealand Minister of Island Affairs, and one of New Zealand's great Maori Leaders recognised the need for the English Language for Trade and Diplomacy.
Maori history of this period tends to be dominated by biographical treatments of Maori leaders and politicians, particularly men and women, like Sir Apirana Ngata and Te Puea Herangi, who engaged with mainstream politics.
This contradiction between Maori individualism and Maori tribalism, which is central to the fisheries dispute, has its origins in the individualisation of land titles by Native Land Court in the nineteenth century and the subsequent promotion of an idealised tribalism by Apirana Ngata when he was Minister of Native Affairs in the 1920s and 1930s.
In the early 20th century, it was rangatira, leaders such as Apirana Ngata, Maui Pomare, the first Maori medical officer in the Department of Health, Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa), and Te Puea Herangi who led the way.
We heard about those great Maori leaders James Carroll, Apirana Ngata, Maui Pomare, Peter Buck and Te Akenehi Hei and their influences on health.
Of these, the well-known annotated editions by Sir Apirana Ngata (with translations with Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Dr Hirini Moko Mead), Nga Moteatea I-IV contain 400.
If Webster is correct when he argues, in this volume, that hapu were integral to nineteenth century capitalist development in New Zealand and that their transformations responded to wider economic processes then it would seem that the reification of hapu as sub-tribes within a static heirarchy, evident in the writings of Elsdon Best, Te Rangi Hiroa and Apirana Ngata, paralleled and reinforced the traditionalisation of the meeting house.
Climbing to the top of a telecommunications' tower and smashing brass and marble busts of Sir Apirana Ngata and Joseph Savage at Parliament earned Dad a stint on TV and a six-month term back at Porirua.