Maori Leaders and Maori MPs quotes and sayings
Last updated: August 18 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.