Te Puea Hērangi

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Te Puea Hērangi, CBE

Waikato Tainui

Te Puea Hērangi was born in the years after the wars and land confiscations of the 1860s. She played a crucial role re-establishing the Kīngitanga and leading her people out of the poverty and powerlessness brought about by the dispossession of their lands. 

A bold and fearless leader, Hērangi devoted her adult life to improving the economic conditions and wellbeing of her people. Two of her many accomplishments were building Tūrangawaewae Marae, which enabled the Kīngitanga return to Ngāruawāhia; and the national status she achieved for the Kīngitanga among both Māori and Pākehā. 

Hērangi never stopped working – in 1937 when Pākehā press asked her what to write about her when she received her CBE she said “Ka mahi au, ka inoi au, ka moe au, ka mahi āno” (I work, I pray, I sleep and then I work again).

This excerpt from PounamuTe Puea Hērangi gives a brief biographical overview of Hērangi.

Find out more about Te Puea Hērangi:

Listen to the 1950 radio broadcast of the poroporoaki by Te Puea Hērangi for Sir Apirana Ngata. 

Listen to a 1938 radio broadcast by Te Puea Hērangi at the opening of Tūrongo House. 

Read the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography entry for Te Puea Hērangi.

Read about Te Puea Hērangi at NZHistory.net

Image: Screengrab Pounamu, courtesy TVNZ.

Catalogue Reference TZP96497

Year 1990


Director: Hone Edwards
Narrator: Don Selwyn

Excerpt: 0:03:47

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