Tame Iti

Tame Iti (born 1952) is a New Zealand Māori activist, artist, actor and social worker. Of Ngāi Tūhoedescent, Iti rose to prominence as a member of the protest group Ngā Tamatoa in 1970s Auckland,becoming a key figure of the Māori protest movement and the Māori renaissance. Since then, he has become a renowned activist for the rights of Māori and the process of co-governance and decolonisation.A native speaker of Te Reo Māori, Iti grew up at Ruatoki in Te Urewera, where he was barred from speaking Māori in school due to the government’s anti-Māori language policy of the time. In the 1960s and 1970s Iti was involved in protests against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, and in many Māori protest actions as a member of Ngā Tamatoa. He is also known for his stalwart support of Tūhoe culture and tribal identity.