23 AUGUST 6:30-8:00PM
THE ATRIUM, WINTEC HOUSE
Join Witi Ihimaera as he talks with chair Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod about his writing life and memoirs with his books Navigating the Stars, Maori Boy, Native Son and Sleeps Standing. This event is supported by Poppies Bookstore with books for sale and signing.
Free parking available on campus. Enter via Gate 3 on Tristram St but avoid where resident or hostel parking only is stipulated. Parking is also available in Ward and Nisbet Streets and in the Wintec parking building accessed through Ward St.
Witi Ihimaera's best-known novel is The Whale Rider, which was made into a hugely, internationally successful film in 2002. His novel Nights in the Garden of Spain was also made into a feature film and was distributed internationally under the name of Kawa. The feature film White Lies was based on his novella Medicine Woman. And his novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies inspired the 2016 feature film Mahana. His first book, Pounamu, Pounamu, has not been out of print in the 40 years since publication.
Witi has also had careers in diplomacy, teaching, theatre, opera, film and television. He has received numerous awards, including the Wattie Book of the Year Award, the Montana Book Award, the inaugural Star of Oceania Award, University of Hawaii, a laureate award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation 2009, the Toi Māori Maui Tiketike Award 2011, and the Premio Ostana International Award. Witi Ihimaera was the first Māori to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, and has published many notable novels and collections of short stories. Described by Metro magazine as ‘part oracle, part memoralist’ and ‘an inspired voice, weaving many stories together’, Ihimaera has also written for stage and screen, edited books on the arts and culture as well as published various works for children.