Tame Wairere Iti (born 1952) is known as an activist, artist, uncle, father and grandfather. He grew up in Te Urewera and has links to Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāti Wairere and Ngāti Hauā. Often a divisive figure in the public domain, Tame has been involved in many high profile protests including movements against the Vietnam War, Apartheid in South Africa and issues around the confiscation of Māori land. Central to Itis philosophies is the concept of Mana Motuhake which is often translated as self determination.
As Ngāi Tūhoe move into a time of post settlement with the crown Tame has chosen to focus his energy into his artistic practice. His current work expresses the history of Te Urewera (the ancestral home of the Tūhoe iwi), his love for Te Urewera and the dreams and aspirations of the of the Tūhoe people.