Te Puea Herangi was one of the most important and influential Maori leaders of the 20th century. Born into the family of the Maori King, she was a tireless activist for her people. Her work to assure economic prosperity in the Waikato region, her fierce battles for justice for Maori communities harmed by illegal land seizures, and her passionate dedication to Maori cultural revival assure that she will long be remembered as a critical voice in New Zealand history.
Our guest Dr. Gina Colvin is a popular podcaster, blogger and writer and is an adjunct research fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
All photos courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, New Zealand unless otherwise indicated
You can listen to an audio recording of Te Puea Herangi speaking at the opening of Turongo House at Turangawaewae at the Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero at the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Dr. Gina Colvin is New Zealand Māori of Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi descent. She is an adjunct research fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Colvin is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume from the University of Utah Press, Decolonizing Mormononism, and writes about the intersections of race, gender, culture and religion. Colvin is also the host of A Thoughtful Faith Podcast and she blogs at Patheos.
Music provided by the talented students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae
“I Riro Whenua” written by Mahanga Pihama
performed by Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae
(performance begins at 19:40 on the video link)
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