Prime Minister John Key has acknowledged the passing of leading Māori academic, commentator and writer Dr Ranginui Walker.
“I am saddened to learn of Dr Walker’s passing,” says Mr Key. “He was not only an insightful commentator on important historical and contemporary issues, but was a tireless and passionate advocate for Māori.”
In a press release, the Prime Minister acknowledge his academic work his significant contribution to the development of Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, aswell as his membership on the Waitangi Tribunal.
“I always enjoyed seeing Dr Walker, and felt privileged when he sent me copies of his work. Dr Walker was a leader by example, who will be missed by many. My thoughts are with his whānau and friends at this time.”
Northland MP, Winston Peters also said with the passing of Dr Walker, Maoridom has lost a strong advocate and a highly respected academic, “He was one who recognised the importance of education and was not just a proud Māori, but also a proud New Zealander,”
He offered his condolences to the family of Mr Walker, “He will be missed by his family and all who knew him personally, and by the nation to which he contributed so much.”