Sir Āpirana Ngata

ApiranaNgata1905In 1894, New Zealand’s first Māori graduate, Sir Āpirana Ngata, graduated from Canterbury College with a BA.

His completion of two further degrees (MA and LLB) made him one of the most highly qualified graduates in New Zealand at the time.

Ngata served as a member of parliament for 38 years, was the founder of the Māori Battalion and is renowned for his tireless work for Māori people. He lifted them spiritually and economically in the development of land, culture, education and sport, and contributed strongly to the preservation of Māori language and customs.