Witi Ihimaera is one of a number of Māori and Pasifika writers writing in English, including Patricia Grace, Albert Wendt, Renée and Apirana Taylor who emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s. His first novel was Tangi, 1973, published when he was 29, and his other novels include The Matriarch, 1986, The Whale Rider, 1988, Bulibasha, 1996, The Parihaka Woman, 2011, and Sleeps Standing (with te reo translation by Hēmi Kelly), 2017. He has also has a career as an editor publishing Māori and Pasifika anthologies, most recently Black Marks on the White Page (co-edited with Tina Makereti), 2018, and Purakau (co-edited with Whiti Hereaka), 2019. Ihimaera began a three book memoir project in 2014 with Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood in 2014. The second book in the series, Native Son: The Writer’s Memoir has just been published, 2019. The third, Indigenous Envoy: A Memoir of Maturity is due for publication in 2023. Ihimaera lives in Auckland.
Tuakana | Teina: Mentors & Mentees in conversationSaturday 5th October, 11.00am-12.30pm (No registration required).
A conversation with Witi Ihimaera, Te Kahu Rolleston, Dallas Karangaroa & Whiti Hereaka, chaired by James George.