Pei Te Hurinui Jones was a Ngāti Maniapoto leader, interpreter, land officer, writer, translator and genealogist, published extensively in both English and Māori. He translated several of Shakespeare's plays and Fitzgeralds's Omar Khayyam into Māori. He collaborated with Sir Apirana Ngāta, translating into English and annotating 280 of the 300 waiata in the first three volumes of Ngā Mōteatea. His first and main interest was in recording and compiling the Tainui traditions published in Ngā Iwi o Tainui. His most ambitious work was King Pōtatau.
Pei passed away in 1976.