William Te Rangiua (Pou) Temara is a Māori academic. He is professor of Te Reo, Tikanga and Philosophy (language and practices) at Waikato University and a cultural authority on whaikōrero (oratory), whakapapa (genealogy) and karakia (prayers and incantations). Prior to working at Waikato, he taught at Victoria University of Wellington (where he also studied) and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Temara was raised by his grandparents in a Māori-language environment in the Ureweras until he was eight years old, when he was sent to an English-language boarding school in Auckland. He is the nephew of Māori language activist Jean Puketapu. His uncle Makarini Temara was on the first Waitangi Tribunal in 1975.
Temara has been a member of the Waitangi Tribunal since 2008 and is currently chair of the Repatriation Advisory Panel at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He is a member of the Tūhoe Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board and chair of Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe within his iwi (tribe), Ngāi Tūhoe. He is on Kingi Tuheitia's 'Council of Twelve.'
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