John Atirau Asher

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John Atirau Asher OBE (8 August 1892 – 14 December 1966) was a New Zealand tribal leader, hotelier, interpreter, racehorse owner. Of Māori descent, he identified with the Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Pukenga and Te Arawa iwi. He was born in Tauranga, New Zealand, on 8 August 1892.[1]

Asher was the second-youngest of 11 children—his brothers included Ernie and Albert Asher.

In the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours, Asher was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Māori people.[2]


  1. ^ Asher-Payne, Ringakapo Tirangaro. "John Atirau Asher". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "No. 43669". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1965. p. 5514.