Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Waikato) has been a fierce advocate for Maori, women’s and LGQT rights for nearly five decades. She was a founding member of the activist collectives - the Auckland University Women’s Liberation Group and Nga Tamatoa in late 1970 - and was an original member of Gay Liberation in 1972. 

Her PhD in 1981 focused on Maori women and tourism. Since then she has produced two collections of creative fiction and poetry, along with a volume of essays. Her scholarly work on heritage, culture and gender (including three books), has been published extensively.

She co-curated the 2013 National Library show Tirohia Mai: Look at Us Now, which celebrated 120 years of Women’s Suffrage.  She is a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.