Wi Te Tau Huata

Ngāti Kahungunu

1917 - 1991

Wi Te Tau Huata was ordained an Anglican minister in 1939 and was an Army chaplain from From 1950-52 he was vicar of Te Ngae Pastorate and from 1952-60 he was Priest in charge of King Country Māori District and Diocesan Māori Missioner. He was Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton from 1954-73 and Superintendent of the Māori Mission from Wi Te Tau Huata was Chaplain to the Bishop of Waikato from 1970-73, Priest in Charge of Hamilton Māori Pastorate from 1970-73, Honorary Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton, 1974, Vicar of Wairoa-Mohaka Māori Pastorate from 1974-77 and Officiating Minister in the Diocese of Waikato in 1977.

Biographical sources

  • Clerical Directory 1988: 102-103.


  • "Whakarongo Mai E Nga Iwi." In ‘Māori Action Songs.’ Comp. Kingi Ihaka. Te Ao Hou 25 (1958): 51-52.
  • Song is on p.52. In Māori with partial English translation by Kingi Ihaka. Ihaka writes that ‘there has been a number of Māori versions for this song. [This] Māori version is by Canon Wi Te Tau Huata M.C. and was written by him for his Bible Class. The place names in this song, were the centres from which the various Bible Classes attending a "Camp" came.’
  • "Nga Whare Taonga o Aotearoa te Wai Pounamu." AGMANZ Journal 16.4 (1985): 4.