Fire that Kindles Hearts: 10 Māori Scholars

Selwyn Katene


Ranginui Walker, Ngāhuia Te Awekōtuku, Mason Durie, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Taiarahia Black, Ngāpare Hopa, Wally Penetito, Margie Maaka and Atholl Anderson talk about what shaped them — and discuss issues they face today.

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In Fire that Kindles Hearts, eminent Māori scholars talk about what shaped them — and discuss issues they face today.

What is Māori scholarship? What does it offer? Why is it important? Today Māori are entering tertiary education institutions in increasing numbers, but how is the academic world responding?  In this book, ten Māori professors address these and other key questions, and explain how they balance their roles as academics with their obligations to whānau,
iwi, communities, Aotearoa and the world.

Māori scholarship focuses on participation and accomplishment in the Māori world and being responsible global citizens. Scholars also have to be excellent teachers, researchers and administrators. They are role models, mentoring and supporting other Māori staff and students.

Advances in Māori academic achievement owe much to these men and women and others like them. They are torchbearers, visionaries, creating a legacy from which we can all draw inspiration and strength.

About the author

Dr Selwyn Kātene is Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Māori and Pasifika, at Massey University and prior to that was director of MANU AO Leadership Academy. His tribal affiliations are Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tama, Ngaruahine and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. He has published several books; among the most recent are Turning the Hearts of the Children: Early Māori Leaders in the Mormon Church and The Spirit of Māori Leadership.

With a foreword by Sir Tīpene O’Regan, Associate Lecturer and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Canterbury. He is best known for his role as chairman of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board, which he guided to successful land and sea fisheries claims before the Waitangi Tribunal. He later led claim settlement negotiations leading to the 1998 settlement which made extensive provision for customary rights in fisheries and other natural resources.

Additional information

Dimensions 170 × 235 mm