I whānau mai tēnei rangatira nō te Whakatōhea i te 1 o Maehe, i te tau 1932, ā, i mate i te 29 o Pēpuere, i te tau 2016. He kaiako, he kaituhi pukapuka, he kairapu mātauranga, he pūkōrero, he mema nō te Taraipiunara o Waitangi, he kaituku kōrero, he kaiwhakahau hoki a Tākuta Ranginui Walker mō ngā take huhua e pā ana ki te Māori. I noho hoki ia hei tumuaki Māori tuatahi mō Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmakimakaurau mō ngā tau e rua.
I rongonui te tipua nei mō tētahi o āna pukapuka, arā, mō te pukapuka ‘Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End’. Koinei te pukapuka tuatahi i tuhia e te Māori mō te Māori, e pā ana ki te hītori o Aotearoa, ā, i tāngia tuatahitia i te tau 1990.
I tua atu i tēnei, i mōhio rānei koe ko ia tētahi o ngā mema o te rōpū ‘Ngā Tamatoa’? I hua mai tēnei rōpū i tētahi hui i whakaritea e ia mā ngā rangatahi Māori!
Kāore i ārikarika ngā mihi a te iwi Māori ki a Ranginui Walker, mōna i kōkiri i ngā kaupapa huhua hei oranga mō ngāi Māori. E te rangatira, ka maumaharatia koe mō āke tonu atu!
He uri tēnei rangatira nō Whakatōhea, i whānau ai i te tau 1932, ā, i whetūrangihia i te 29 o Pēpuere, 2016.
Dr Ranginui Walker was a teacher, a writer, an academic, a historian, a tribunal member, a commentator, and advocate for many important issues relating to Māori. He is well known for one of his books ‘Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End’.
This was the first history book of Māori written by Māori and was first published in 1990. The title was taken from the famous line by Māori defenders at the battle of Ōrākau: “We will never surrender”.
Dr Ranginui Walker often wrote about the struggles for Māori land rights and cultural identity. He was also the first Māori pro-chancellor of Auckland University from which he retired in 1998. Did you know that he was also a member of Ngā Tama Toa?
This group evolved out of a young Māori leaders conference he organized. We as Māori are so grateful for all the wonderful work and the important issues he raised and shed light on not to mention the many publications he put out.
This leader is a descendant of Whakatōhea, born in 1932, and died on February 29, 2016.