Wira Gardiner

New Zealand public servant

Sir Harawira "Wira" Tiri Gardiner KNZM[1] (4 September 1943 – 17 March 2022) was a New Zealand soldier, public servant and writer. He was Māori. Gardiner's public service career spanned 38 years from 1983 to 2021. During that time he was founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal.

Wira Gardiner

Wira Gardiner in 2021
Harawira Tiri Gardiner

(1943-09-04)4 September 1943
Died17 March 2022(2022-03-17) (aged 78)
Gisborne, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury
King's College London
Occupation(s)Soldier, public servant and writer
AwardsKnights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2009)

In 2012, Gardiner was hospitalized for pancreatic cancer-like symptoms.[2] He died at his home in Gisborne, New Zealand on 17 March 2022, aged 78.[3][4]


  1. "The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  2. LEVY, DANYA (2012-10-29). "Sir Wira gets clean bill of health after scare". Stuff. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  3. "Māori leader Sir Wira Gardiner dies after illness". RNZ News. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  4. "Tā Wira Gardiner". Waatea News: Māori Radio Station. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-03-17.