Author(s): Hone Tuwhare
The collected poems of New Zealand's best-loved poet in a handsome volume. "A poem is a ripple of words on water wind-huffed ..." This volume showcases the finest examples of Hone's poetry, from his early triumph in No Ordinary Sun (one of the most reprinted collections in New Zealand) right up to his final works published when he was in his 80s. Also included are a handful of previously unpublished poems as well as a number translated into Maori by Pat Hohepa, Selwyn Muru and Waihoroi Shortland. 'Tuwhare ...immortalises the people he meets, knows and loves, their comings and goings and passings; he records the small happenings of his days and the large occasions of his time; he describes the land and its creatures and seasons; he observes the effects of the years and puts into words his feelings: about love and loss, faith, spirituality, justice and injustice. He is a storyteller who draws from wherever he is and whoever he is with, absorbing and reflecting texture, colour, nuance, shades of light and dark. Like Maui, he enjoys a good joke, and the joy and comedy of life are ever present.' - Janet Hunt, Tuwhare: a biography 'The last Maori Modernist ...he bestrides two worlds: his work bends and shapes the English language with impressive virtuosity, while at the same time being rich in the lexicon of Maoritanga . ..Tuwhare is a dancing heavyweight, able to deliver a verbal knockout with a flourish.' - David Eggleton, New Zealand Listener
Born in 1922 in Kaikohe into the Ngapuhi tribe (hapu Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Tautahi, Te Popoto, Uri-o-hau), Hone Tuwhare was a boilermaker, political activist, husband and father, and poet. He won two Montana New Zealand book awards, was made Te Mata Poet Laureate in 1999, and held two honorary doctorates in literature. In 2003 he was among ten of New Zealand's greatest living artists named as Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artists. Tuwhare died in 2008. Translators: Waihoroi Shortland of Ngati Hine and Te Aupouri descent is a former member of the Department of Maori Affairs, print and radio journalist, actor, film and television writer. Selwyn Muru of Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Paatu, Ngati Rehia, Murikahara and Te Whakatohea is an artist, broadcaster, actor, writer, film maker. Pat Hohepa of the Mahurehure sub-tribe of Ngapuhi is an author, linguist, and academic. Formerly Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland, he achieved his PhD in linguistics in the United States.