Author(s): Keith Newman
Throughout history, certain individuals with a rare passion for justice and a gift of insight have been able to rally and motivate people through periods of great social change, sometimes defying all odds and being greatly misunderstood in the process. Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana was such a man, called to prominence at a pivotal time, with a message for the Maori people and for the wider world. After a profound vision he became a healer of people's physical ailments and a lifter of ancient curses; and he was also a leader in healing the 'land sickness' of the Maori, after decades of land confiscation by the Government and the Crown. As founder of the Ratana Church and the Ratana movement, he led his followers in the quest to unite all Maori under one God, and to restore the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of the nation, giving Maori equal rights to British citizens. Ratana - The Prophet, based on some 20 years of research, distils for a general audience the extraordinary depth of T. W. Ratana's political, spiritual and social legacy. First published January 2009.
Shortlisted for Nga Kupu Ora Biography Book Award 2009.
Keith Newman is an Auckland-based writer with over 30 years' experience writing for mainstream and trade media. He began his research into the life of T. W. Ratana in 1986; two decades later his first book, Ratana Revisited, was published. Keith has won several awards for his journalism, including the Qantas Media Award for Best Magazine Feature Writer (2004) and Best Produced Music Feature in the New Zealand Radio Awards (2007) for The Blerta Years documentary on Radio New Zealand National.