Pounamu: Rātana and Ngata

Pounamu Ratana

In order to give whānau and iwi an opportunity to rephrase the historical record, in 1990 TVNZ's Māori Programme Department produced Pounamu. The television series profiled and celebrated many important Māori figures. 

These two episodes look at Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana and Apirana Turupa Ngata.

Both Rātana and Ngata were colossal Māori political activists and proponents of Māori ideology. They were both lorded for their leadership in many fields of endeavour and practice remaining faithful to their iwi and supporting Māori in political, economic and educational pursuits.