Nearly 50 years ago the first collection of short stories by a Māori writer was published. In a landmark occasion for New Zealand literature, Pounamu Pounamu launched the career of writer Witi Ihimaera and paved the way for an impressive bibliography of more than 40 titles including The Whale Rider, and his two-volume biography Māori Boy and Native Son.
Ihimaera’s accolades continue throughout his career, including being the recipient of the Te Tohutiketike a te Waka Toi Supreme Award, Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and the Queen’s Service Medal.
Join Witi, accompanied by sound artist Kingsley Spargo, for an evening of melodies and spoken word, and a celebration of a career that spans half a century.
This event is part of Puke Ariki’s Festival of Words - a fabulous four day programme that will entertain, inspire and educate.
From Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August we’re bringing you performances and conversations with some of Aotearoa’s biggest names in the literary arts.
See you there!
The Puke Ariki Festival of Words Team
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