Interesting facts about witi ihimaera

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Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera

Pounamu Pounamu is classic Ihimaera. First published om 1972, it was immediately endorsed by Maori and Pakeha alike for its original stories that showed how important Maori identity is for all New Zealanders. As Katherine Mansfield did in her first collection In a German Pension (1911), and Janet Frame in The Lagoon (1951), Witi Ihimaera explores in Pounamu Pounamu what it is like to be a New Zealander - but from a Maori perspective. The seeds of Ihimaeras later works are first introduced in this ground-breaking collection- The Whale Rider in his story The Whale, The Rope of Man in Tangi, and the character of Simeon form Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies in One Summer Morning; and the themes of aroha (love), whanaungatanga (kinship) and manaakitanga (supporting each other), which are so intergral to Ihimaeras work.
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Nationality: New Zealander. Born: Gisborne, 7 February Family: Married Jane Cleghorn in Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Auckland, Secker and Warburg, The Dream Swimmer. Auckland and New York , Penguin,

Nationality: New Zealander. Born: Gisborne, Auckland, Viking, ; New York, Viking, Wellington, Friends of the Turnbull Library, Editor, with D. Auckland, Heinemann, Auckland, Auckland University Press,

He creates imaginative new realities for his readers, drawing from autobiographical experience. His novel, The Whale Rider , has become an internationally successful feature film. Ihimaera , Witi Witi Tame Ihimaera-Smiler , novelist, short story writer, anthologist and librettist, was born in Gisborne. His family marae is the family house of the Pere family, Rongopai, in Waituhi, near Gisborne. Waituhi, for example, the village setting for many of his narratives, is an imaginative recreation of the actual place. Having acquired six units he returned to Gisborne without completing his degree, and began working as a cadet journalist with the Gisborne Herald before becoming a postman.


Ihimaera attended the University of Auckland and, after stints as a newspaper writer and a postal worker, Victoria University of Wellington., Witi Ihimaera cuts an unassuming figure on stage.

Ihimaera was born in in New Zealand and it is there that he grew up. His hometown is Gisborne, a town located on the North Island. Like a significant portion of the population there, he is of Maori descent. His educational background mirrors those dynamics. In between schools, he worked as a journalist and a postman.

Ihimaera remained at the Ministry until , although his time there was broken by several fellowships at the University of Otago in and Victoria University of Wellington in where he graduated with a BA. He retired from this position in Most of Ihimaera's work consists of short stories or novels. In , Ihimaera published Nights in the Gardens of Spain , a semi-autobiographical work about a married father of two daughters coming out. He had come out to himself in and began the work, but out of sensitivity to his daughters, did not finish or publish it then. In an article in The Sunday Star Times [7] Ihimaera was quoted as saying the change "was quite a shock to me because I had always tried to hide, to say this is a book that could be about 'everyman', this is not a specific story. So it the film is actually nearer to the truth than I would like to admit.

Witi Ihimaera is charming, possibly even to the people who were very snarky about his astounding plagiarism in The Trowenna Sea. That was This is , a very good year for Ihimaera. White Lies, a film from his novella Medicine Woman, is about to be launched, and a revised version of the story has just been published. He's done it before. Maori carvers return to their work, he reasons, why not writers? The movie is produced by John Barnett, who also produced the phenomenally successful Whale Rider from Ihimaera's best-selling book.


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