Pounamu Pounamu by Witi IhimaeraPounamu 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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Witi Ihimaera's charmed life
Witi Ihimaera cuts an unassuming figure on stage. He sits next to equally calm British author Caryl Phillips while a gregarious James George brings down the house with his boisterous introduction to the 'Nature of Blood', part of the Auckland Writers and Readers festival, delivered to an almost-packed audience at the Hilton hotel. One would almost expect him to exude a certain air of arrogance, but he refuses to succumb to being a tall poppy. He remains as unpretentious as ever, making self-deprecating jokes about a disastrous interview with the BBC which will form the basis of the epilogue in his new novel, 'The Rope of Man'. Tamihana is an international journalist working as a war correspondent.
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. His first book, published in , was read by then Prime Minister Norman Kirk, who decided that Ihimaera would be valuable in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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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  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.
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.