Author(s): Wira Gardiner
The book is based on interviews with sixty-five of Parekura Horomia's family, friends and colleagues, and it shares stories about his qualities, abilities and his tireless work. The personal stories pay tribute to his leadership and ability to be equally comfortable with and work with common people and those in positions of power. The stories build a picture of this man with a large heart and huge commitment and give insights into little-known parts of his life.
Wira Gardiner has had careers in the army, public service and as a writer. A Lieutenant Colonel in the army, he took up leadership and establishment roles in the public service, being the founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, the first general manager of the Iwi Transition Agency and the founding chief executive of Te Puni Kokiri. He has also headed several groups, including being chairman of Te Mangai Paho, deputy chairman of The Maori Fisheries Trust and Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and chairman of the board of Te Papa Tongarewa. He was knighted for his services to Maori.