Maori Leaders and Maori MPs quotes and sayings

Last updated: October 12 2017

This is a list of some of the inspirational things Māori leaders and Maori MP’s have said or are published.

I will continue to update this page and welcome additional material. An omission of a leader is only a time issue, this list is non bias.

Michael King stated in his biography of Te Puea “the difficultly of writing about past and present Māori leaders is that there is very little written by them.”

Transcribing radio and television interviews is also an issue. As broadcaster and author Alwyn Owen noted “Inevitably, oral accounts suffer in transcription. The character of the voice, such a telling factor in relating to a story, is of course, completely lost.

I have also found this to be true of inspirational things Māori leaders say. Some may counter that claim by saying that at all major hui on marae leaders stand kōrero and include feats by previous leaders, but this secludes the leaders accomplishments to the limited crowd of the marae and likely further still to the portion who speak Māori.

Having had the significant honor of working with many past and current Māori leaders and as with having many other Māori, I have many Māori leaders in my family and Iwi, often inspirational things are said by Māori leaders and they are not recorded in the same way we would with other leaders.

The decision to include only MP’s of the Māori seats and Maori MPs of the Maori Party and not all Māori MP’s was deliberate. There is a difference between a MP who is Māori and a Māori MP, though Selwyn and Rahui Katene in the book Point of Order Mr Speaker differ. Simon Bridges MP sums it up well in Maria Bargh’s Maori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises pages 216-217. “Maori in general seats are different to the other”. “In Māori seats one can run being solely or mostly for Māori interests. Such a position is impossible in general seats, where you represent everyone”. Winston Peters in his 1979 Parliament maiden speech also made a compelling statement “I am a New Zealander, I am a Maori, and I am also a lawyer”.

A

Adrian Rurawhe MP

Annette Sykes

Apirana Mahuika

Apirana Turupa Ngata MP

Arihia Bennett MNZM

Ātairangikaahu

Atholl Anderson

B

Brad Totorewa

Bruce Gregory MP

Dover Samuels MP

E

Eparaima te Mutu Kapa MP

Eruera Stirling

Eruera Tarena

Eruera Tihema Tirikatene MP

Eva Rickard

F

Frederick Nene Russell MP

G

Graham Hingangaroa Smith

Sir Graham Latimer

H

Haami Tokouru Ratana MP

Hana O’Regan

Henare Kaihau MP

Henare Tomoana MP

Henare Whakatau Uru MP

High Court Justice Joe Williams

Hirini Taiwhanga MP

Hoani Nahe MP

Hoani Te Puna i Rangiriri Taipua MP

Hone Harawira MP

Hone Heke MP

Hone Mohi Tawhai MP

Hori Karaka MP

Hori Kerei Taiaroa MP

I

Ihaia Tainui MP

Ihaka Hakuene MP

Iriaka Matiu Ratana MP

Irihapeti Ramsden

Iritana Tawhiwhirangi

J

James Carroll MP

James Hēnare

John Hopere Uru MP

John Patterson MP

John Rangihau

John Tamihere

K

Karaitiana Takamoana MP

Kelvin Davis MP

Koro Wetere MP

L

Lee Tamahori

Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Lisa Tumahai

M

Mahara Okeroa MP

Maharaia Winiata

Mark Solomon

Marama Fox MP

Margie Maaka

Mason Durie

Matiu Rata MP

Matiu Ratana MP

Maui Wiremu Piti Pomare MP

Maui Pomare

Mavis Mullins

Meka Whaitiri MP

Mete Kingi te Rangi Paetahi MP

Miria Simpson

Mita Ririnui MP

Moana Jackson

N

Nanaia Mahuta MP

Ngāpare Hopa

Ngarimu Blair

P

Paparangi Reid

Paraire Karaka Paikea MP

Paraone Reweti MP

Parekura Horomia MP

Patu Hohepa

Peeni Henare MP

Pembroke Peraniko (Pem) Bird

Peter Buck/Te Rangi Hiroa

Peter Tapsell MP

Piripi Walker

Pita Rangihiroa MP

Pita Sharples MP

Puti Watene MP

R

Rahui Katene MP

Rana Waitai  MP

Rangimarie Rose Pere

Ranginui Walker

Rino Tirikatene MP

Ron Mark MP

Rongo Herehere Wetere

Ropata te Ao MP

S

Sacha McMeeking

Shane Jones

Sidney Moko Mead

Syd Jackson

T

 

Taame Iti

Taare Rakatauhake Parata MP

Tahu Potiki

Taite Te Tomo MP

Tame Parata MP

Tapihana Paikea MP

Tapihana Paraire Paikea MP

Taraha Te Moananui MP

Tariana Turia

Tau Henare MP

Tau Henare MP

Te Puke te Ao MP

Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara

Te Ururoa Flavell Waiariki MP

Tiaki Omana MP

Timoti Karetu

Tipene O’Regan

Titewhai Harawira

Traci Houpapa

Tuariki Delamare MP

Tuhipo Kereopa

Tuiti Makitanara MP

Tukuoirangi Morgan MP

Tutekawa Wyllie MP

W

Wally Penetito

Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan MP

Whina Cooper

Willie Apiata

Wira Gardiner

Wiremu Katene MP

Wiremu Maipapa Te Wheoro MP

Wiremu Parata MP

Wiremu Pere Eastern Māori MP