Henare Te Ua

Ngāti Porou

1933 - 2007

Henare Te Ua was born in Rotorua and was educated at Gisborne High School, Nelson College and Canterbury University College. He was Manager of Radio New Zealand’s Te Reo O Aotearoa (Māori and Pacific Islands Programmes’ Unit) and produced the weekly National Radio programme series "He Rerenga Kōrero" and "Te Puna Wai Kōrero". He was a broadcaster for some thirty years during which time he covered the opening of Te Māori in New York, the closing in Chicago and the four openings in New Zealand. Te Ua also covered the visit by the canoe, Taheretikitiki to Henley-on-Thames in 1990. He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 medal, and the QSM in 1992 for services to New Zealand.

Biographical sources

  • Te Ha questionnaire 1992. Phone conversation with Te Ua on 10 Aug 1998.


  • "Te Māori: Another View." AGMANZ Journal 18.2 (1987): 7-9.
  • Te Ua presents an assessment of the way Te Māori was exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and critiques the presentation of Te Māori in the four main centres in New Zealand.
  • The Legends of the Māori. Dow, 1990. No further details.
  • "Ngoi Pewhairangi." The Book of New Zealand Women - Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa. Ed. Charlotte Macdonald, Merimeri Penfold and Bridget Williams. Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams, 1991: 515-519.
  • Co-authors Henare Te Ua and Cushla Parekowhai.
  • "Alan Duff, Warrior." Audiocassette. Replay Radio, Radio New Zealand, c.1991.
  • On Side 1 Alan Duff talks to Henare Te Ua. This was broadcast on 22 June 1991 on Te Puna Wai Kōrero. On Side Two Alan Duff debates with Syd Jackson and Wally Hirsch on a programme chaired by Neil Billington that was broadcast on 30 June 1991 on Insight.
  • Hero Biography. Hero Paper 2/NZ Aids Foundation, 1992. No further details.
  • "Te Ua, Heketia Te Kani-a-Takirau Kerekere Tuhoe 1892-1966." Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007. URL: http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/