Ngata, Apirana

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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.