Waitangi Rua Rautau lectures

For those of you who are interested, here’s a reminder about this year’s lecture on Sunday 3rd February

The Waitangi Rua Rautau Board

in association with Victoria University of Wellington

extend a warm invitation to the 10th Annual Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures

“The role and contribution of education  in crossing cultural boundaries”

delivered by: Mr Ian McKinnon


“From 1900 to now – the evolution of the Maori community”

delivered by: Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi

at  Te Herenga Waka Marae, Kelburn Parade,  Wellington

1.30pm on Sunday 3 February

The Annual Waitangi Rua Rautau Lecture is presented by the New Zealand Maori Council and Massey University.

This lecture is supported by: Ministry of Maori Development, Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana and Radio New Zealand National

RSVP:  via email  info@mokoia.co.nz, fax: (04) 560 3681, phone (04) 560 3680, or post: PO Box 30-411, Lower Hutt.


Tenth Annual Waitangi Rua Rautau Lecture

The Rua Rautau lecture is given annually by prominent New Zealanders on past and present Maori and Pakeha relationships and prospective developments.  The lectures are broadcast on National Radio, and will be published in 2040, the 200th year of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

This year’s lectures, by Ian McKinnon and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi will be held at Te Herenga Waka Marae, Kelburn Parade, Wellington on Sunday, 3 February.

Ian McKinnon QSO JP

Ian McKinnon completed a BCom in Economics at Victoria University in 1966, having also spent two years on the Students’ Association Executive, being Men’s Vice-President in 1966.  Further, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Auckland University, where he also took a major in Politics

From then until 2002 his career was in the independent school sector. He taught first at King’s College in Auckland and then at Eton College in Britain, subsequently returning as Lower Master, ie. Deputy Headmaster, in 1988. He was Headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate School from 1980 to 1988 and of Scots College from 1992 to 2002. During his time in the school sector he served on various government committees on education, and since then he has been Chair of the Correspondence School and also Chair of the Wellington College of Education, this being at the time it merged with Victoria University. He was elected Chancellor of the Victoria University in December 2009, having been a member of Council from 2003 and Pro-Chancellor from 2005 to 2009.

He became a Wellington City Councillor in 2004 and from 2007 has been the city’s Deputy Mayor.  He serves on the Board of Wellington International Airport Ltd, appointed by the Council.

He received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal and in 1991 was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO), both for services to New Zealand in the United Kingdom, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Auckland University in 2005. He is a Justice of the Peace.

Dr Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi DNZM, MBE

Dr Dame Iritana Te Rangi Tāwhiwhirangi has developed a career devoted to whanau development and Maori language revitalisation for which she has been awarded the DNZM, MBE and Honorary Doctor of Philosophy. She is a pioneer, trail blazer and leader. Dame Iritana’s opinion has been sought by successive Prime Ministers of NZ, as well as by Ministers from a number of other countries.

Iritana trained as a primary school teacher and was appointed to an early teaching position working alongside one of New Zealand’s foremost educationists Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Her career in education (1948 – 1962) was followed by a career in Maori Affairs (1963 – 1982). At Maori Affairs she climbed through the ranks to hold senior management positions, often the first Maori woman to be appointed to hold the rank she did. She was the inaugural CEO of the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust (1982 – 2002).

Dame Iritana’s current governance roles include: Trustee, Te Kohanga Reo National Trust; Deputy Chair Maori Education Trust; Chairperson, Te Pataka Ohanga; Ako Aotearoa, Maori Caucus; Families  Commission  Whanau  Reference  Group; and, Lady President of NZ Maori Golf Association. Dame Iritana is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngapuhi, Canadian and English descent.


1.30pm      Powhiri

2.00pm      Refreshments

2.30pm      Lecture:  Ian McKinnon

3.10pm      Entertainment

3.40pm      Lecture:  Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi

4.00pm      Closing comments:  Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie

Also… keep an eye on our blog for more events celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi! We’ll keep you up to date and in the know!