Witi Ihimaera is the first Māori author to publish a collection of short stories and a novel. His work often draws inspiration from his upbringing and portrays Māori culture in the modern world. He is an accomplished writer of memoir, plays and novels. He has worked as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cities around the world and was a professor of Māori Literature. His book, The Whale Rider, became an internationally successful film. The first volume of his autobiography, Māori Boy, was recently published and details his early life and the myths that formed this fascinating writer’s imagination.
Witi Ihimaera’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand