Dr Wayne Ngata

He uri nō ngā iwi o te Tairāwhiti, nō Te Aitanga a Hauiti, nō Ngāti Ira, nō Ngāti Porou anō hoki. I takea mai anō i reira ōna katoa.  Heoi anō ko Ūawa te kāinga, ko Ūawa anō te awa, ko Tītīrangi te maunga.  Ka aua atu e ako ana, e tohe ana, e kawe ana i ngā tūāhuatanga hei whakapakari i ngā kaupapa Māori hei oranga mō te Māori, otirā mō Te Aitanga a Hauiti tonu.  Nā reira i whāia atu ai te mātauranga hei ara mō te tinana, i aronui ai te ngākau ki ngā tikanga Māori hei tikitiki mō te māhunga, i pau ai te wairua ki ōna atua hei arataki anō i a ia, ka eke i runga i te kōrero, ‘Ko ngā pākura ēnei o Tokorākau, kāore e rongo i te hie’.

Dr Wayne Ngata is from the Tairāwhiti with affiliations to Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou.  Raised in the Tairāwhiti, he resides in Ūawa (Tolaga Bay), and with others in the community, is an advocate for what Ūawa offers itself, the region, the country and the world.  He is an active supporter of education towards constructive and productive citizenship, particularly in te reo Māori.  His particular area of scholarship is Māori literature, specifically the language of mōteatea (traditional chant).  He is a long time supporter of the renaissance in local Māori art as a platform for tribal intellectual, social and economic development, and with other members of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, have developed strong working and research relationships with regional, national and international institutions.  He is a teacher, and helped establish Māori Studies at the Tairāwhiti Polytechnic (now EIT Tairāwhiti) in the last two decades.  He has been a member of the Board of the Māori Language Commission and currently works in a managerial role for the Ministry of Education with a focus on te reo Māori in schools.