Harry Dansey

Dansey completed a journalism apprenticeship with the Hawera Star after serving in the Maori Battalion during World War II. Later, he became editor and part-owner of the Rangitikei News. In 1952 he joined the Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth as a journalist, but was also well-known locally as the newspaper’s resident cartoonist. In 1961 he joined the Auckland Star as writer on Maori and Pacific Island affairs. He was appointed New Zealand’s second race relations conciliator in 1975. He also wrote several books on Maori topics.