Ratana: the Prophet
Throughout history, certain individuals with a rare passion for justice and a gift of insight have been able to rally and motivate people through periods of great social change, sometimes defying all odds and being greatly misunderstood in the process. Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana wa... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Maori (New Zealand people) - Politics and government, Maori (New Zealand people) - Religion, Ratana, Tahupotiki Wiremu, Te Haahi Ratana, Religious leaders - New Zealand
||Biography: Religious & Spiritual
Description of this Book
The definitive book on Maori prophet, healer and political visionary to bring a balanced understanding to his role in New Zealand history, particularly relevant in the lead up to the 100th year anniversary of his spiritual vision to unite the Maori people.
Ratana: The Prophet belongs to all those who are hungry for reconciliation between tribes and nations and to 'the generation' who Ratana believed would pick up his spiritual and political mantle and lead the way through the open gate or doorway to true enlightenment and prosperity." - Keith Newman
Throughout history, certain individuals with a rare passion for justice and a gift of insight have been able to rally and motivate people through periods of great social change, sometimes defying all odds and being greatly misunderstood in the process.
Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana (Ngati Apa, Nga Rauru) was such a man, called to prominence at a pivotal time, with a message for the Maori people and for the wider world.
After a profound vision he gained an extraordinary gift of healing and began touring the country lifting ancient curses on people and places. After decades of land confiscation by the Government and the Crown, he set out to address the 'land sickness' of the Maori, gathering accurate records from every tribe and signatures from two thirds of Maoridom, which he took to England in 1924.
As founder of the Ratana Church and the Ratana movement, he led his followers in the quest to unite all Maori under one God, and to restore the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of the nation, giving Maori equal rights to British citizens.
Ratana: The Prophet, based on some 20 years of research, distils for a general audience the extraordinary depth of T. W. Ratana's political, spiritual and social legacy.
On 25 January (T. W. Ratana's birthday), his followers along with politicians from all parties attend the celebrations at Ratana Pa (near Wanganui) to celebrate Ratana's legacy.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Shortlisted for Nga Kupu Ora Te Haurongo / Biography Book Award 2009.
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Keith Newman is an Auckland-based writer with over 30 years' experience writing for mainstream and trade media. He began his research into the life of T. W. Ratana in 1986; two decades later his first book, Ratana Revisited, was published. Keith has won several awards for his journalism, including the Qantas Media Award for Best Magazine Feature Writer (2004) and Best Produced Music Feature in the New Zealand Radio Awards (2007) for The Blerta Years documentary on Radio New Zealand National.