Te Keneti (Ken) Robert Mair

Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Raukawa

1956 -

Te Keneti Mair was born in Whakatane and educated at Frankton Primary School, Maeroa Intermediate and Hamilton Boys’ High School. He studied at Victoria University. He has workied as a union official and has been PPTA’s Te Apiha Māori. He has been spokesperson for Te Runanga Ngakaimahi Māori o Whanganui-A-Tara Māori Community, Wellington.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Mair, 18 Nov. 1992.
  • Mair, Ken. "The Picot Report: A Māori Perspective." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 11 (1988): 9.


  • "The Picot Report: A Māori Perspective." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 11 (July 1988): 9.
  • Mair writes a comprehensive critique of the Picot Report which he asserts is ‘a nullity from a Māori perspective as it has not been put together in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi.’ He concludes with a list of recommendations and questions.
  • "Editorial." PPTA Journal 1 (1990): 2-3.
  • Other

  • "Congratulations." Te Kaea: The Māori Magazine 3 (June 1980): 3.
  • A brief letter commending the publication of Te Kaea and expressing a desire for more Māori language study material in the magazine.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Māori Participation in NZEI." Unpublished paper, 1990.
  • Paper written at Victoria University in 1990.
  • "Dark Shadow of Bulk Funding." National Conference of Post Primary Teachers Association. Wellington, N.Z. 25 Aug. 1992.
  • "The Way Māori Speakers View the World." Unpublished paper, 1992.
  • Seminal Paper presented to Bilingual Students/Teachers in the Wairarapa in 1992.
  • Poetry

  • "Two Minds of the 1800s." PPTA Journal 1 (1990): 2.
  • Traditional

  • Te Kaahu: Māori Teachers Panui. Ed. Ken Mair. Wellington, N.Z.: PPTA, 1988-1991.


  • Rudman, Ken. "Just who is Ken Mair?" Sunday Star Times 5 Feb. 1995: C1-C2.
  • Umbers, Lee. "Activist predicts fierce battle ahead for Māori." Sunday Star-Times 6 No.v 1994: A4.