Witi Ihimaera


Witi Ihimaera is an Aotearoan writer of Māori descent. He celebrates his fiftieth anniversary as a writer with a newly revised version of Tangi, the first novel published by a Māori person. His most successful novel, The Whale Rider, is the most translated novel in New Zealand. He has many national and international awards, including a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for services to Indigenous literature. 


Escaping the frame

In ConversationAll my work as a writer and activist over the last fifty years has comprised various attempts at what I call ‘escaping the frame of European colonisation, European story and European ways of telling story’.

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