Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End—Ranginui Walker (1990)
Since the mid-nineteenth century, Māori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book, Dr Walker provides a uniquely Māori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but also beyond to the very origins of Māori people.
Walker, R. Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End. Auckland: Penguin, 1990.
About the book
Te Ao Māori lost a prominent leader, scholar and stalwart of Māori language and culture two years ago today (1 March 2018). Dr Ranginui Walker (1932-2016, Whakatōhea) was an esteemed academic who dedicated much of his life to documenting historical events of significance from a uniquely Māori perspective. Among his many prominent and influential roles, Dr Walker was a member of the New Zealand Māori Council; a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and a foundation member of the World Council of Indigenous People. He was a founding member of the Māori rights group, Ngā Tama Toa in the 1970s which promoted Māori rights and fought against racial discrimination; and was a Professor and Head of Department in Māori Studies at Auckland University. Dr Walker authored a number of respected works including this work, Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End, (1990) which documented two centuries of Māori struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. This book was an extremely influential publication in its’ day that explored Aotearoa’s history from the mid-nineteenth century arguing that Māori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. The title, Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou was taken from the famous response by Māori leaders at the battle of Orakau (1863-1864) during the New Zealand wars, stating that they would never surrender.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.