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Sir Apirana Ngata, Ngati Porou, 1874-1950, was the leading Maori figure of his day, a land reformer, politician and scholar. He made a vital contribution to the revival of the Maori people and culture in the early years of the twentieth century and is the subject of a recent biography by Ranginui Walker. Pei te Hurinui Jones, Ngati Maniapoto, 1898-1976, was an outstanding scholar who was completely bilingual. He published extensively in both English and Maori, translating Shakespeare's plays and compiling the Tainui traditions published in Nga Iwi o Tainui.
"[A] treasure to be dipped into for historical research, language learning, special occasions and pensive moments and then to pass on to future generations, which is pretty much what it was intended for in the first place." --Mick Ludden, Wairarapa Times Age