May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Wi Pere book important to the Mana of Iwi says Sharples

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(Source | Waatea News) Maori Affairs minister Pita Sharples says a new biography of Poverty Bay leader Wi Pere is the sort of history that needs to be available in the nation’s schools.

Wi Pere, from Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki, represented Eastern Maori for four terms between 1884 and 1905, and spent a further five years on the legislative council.

As well as fighting to preserve Maori culture and customs, he created a sound foundation for his hapu, which is now one of the largest Maori land-based businesses.

Dr Sharples says the book by Wi Peres great grandson, Joseph Anaru Hetekia Te Kani Pere, is an impressive work of scholarship.

It’s very important for the mana of our iwi and weve got to do this with all our leaders, bring this stuff out, so when we talk about the early settlers, were not just talking about the Pakeha ones that came out here and did stuff but our own history which is absent from our schools, Dr Sharples

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