Mata Toa: The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker

Author(s): Paul Spoonley


Academic, author, biographer, historian, commentator, controversialist, activist, iwi consultant, mover and shaker - Dr Ranginui Walker has been in the headlines for decades, ever since the beginnings of the Maori political and cultural renaissance in the 1970s. Walker is one of the few Maori leaders to take on the responsibility of crossing the cultural/racial divide and making the Maori world intelligible to Pakeha readers. Articulate and forthright, he has had a major influence on how Pakeha view Maori in the twenty-first century. It is a task he has deliberately accepted, and it has often made him a controversial figure (although only on the Pakeha side - to most Maori he remains highly respected, and he remains heavily involved in many Maori organisations). His many books include the bestselling Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou, Struggle Without End and He Tipua, his highly acclaimed biography of Sir Apirana Ngata.

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Shortlisted for Nga Kupu Ora Biography Book Award 2009.

Paul Spoonley is Professor of Sociology and Regional Director at Albany for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He is a well-known researcher and commentator on issues of Pakeha identity, race relations, immigration, neo-fascism and anti-semitism, and has conducted ground-breaking work on racial attitudes in NZ. He is the author of over twenty books.

General Fields

  • : 9780143019893
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : May 2009
  • : 230mm X 153mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Spoonley
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : Very Good
  • : 300
  • : Illustrations (some col.)