Reupena (Reuben) Toheriri Ngata

Ngāti Porou

1936 -

Reupena Ngata was born in Tikitiki and was educated at Waiomatatini Native (later Māori) School and Manutahi Māori District High School. Ngata worked in contract fencing and scrubcutting. He was a full Corporal in the Regular Force of the Royal New Zealand Infantry for three years and was a Warrant Officer 2nd Class in the Territorial Army. Ngata worked for three years as a dairy farmer. From 1962-1995 he was involved in making surgical footwear (orthotics).

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversation and correspondence from Reupena Ngata, 23 June and 7 Sept. 1998, and 7 July 2004.


  • Māori Action Songs. Wellington, N.Z.: Reed, 1960. Rpt. in 1964. Rpt. in 2003.
  • Co-authored with Alan Armstrong.


    Māori Action Songs
  • Rev. of Māori Action Songs, by Alan Armstrong and Reupena Ngata. Te Ao Hou 35 (1961): 55.