Ranginui Walker

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Ranginui Walker
Citizenship New Zealand
Notable awards Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement

Ranginui Joseph Isaac Walker, DCNZM (born 1932 of Māori and Lebanese descent) is a Māori academic and writer living in New Zealand. He was educated at St Peter's Maori College, Auckland, Auckland Teachers' Training College and the University of Auckland. Walker is a member of the Whakatōhea tribe of Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty. Walker was a member of Māori activist group Ngā Tamatoa. He later went on to become the Professor and Head of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland.[1] In 2003 Walker became a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2009 he received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement[3]


He has published a number of books including:

  • Perceptions and Attitudes of the New Generation of Maoris to Pakeha Domination (1981)
  • History of Maori Activism (1983)
  • The Treaty of Waitangi (1983)
  • The Political Development of the Maori People in New Zealand (1984)
  • The Meaning of Biculturalism (1986)
  • Nga Mamae o te Iwi Maori: Te Ripoata o te Hui i Turangawaewae (1987)
  • Nga Tau Tohetohe The Years of Anger (1987)
  • Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou / Struggle Without End (1990)
  • Liberating Maori from Educational Subjection (1991)
  • Nga Pepa a Ranginui The Walker Papers (1997)
  • He Tipua The Life and Times of Sir Apirana Ngata (2001)



  • Margie Thomson, "Bridging the Gap", Dominion Post, 9 May 2009, "Your Weekend", p. 10.
  • Paul Spoonley, Mata Toa: The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker, Penguin, Auckland 2009.