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Ihimaera

Witi , full name Witi Tame Ihimaera-Smiler. born 1944, New Zealand Maori novelist and short-story writer; his novels include The Whale Rider (1987) and The Uncle's Story (2002)
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(16.) Witi Ihimaera, 'Maori life and literature: a sensory perception', New Zealand through the Arts: Past and Present, The Turnbull Winter Lectures 1981 (Wellington, 1982), p.47.
It was hilarious." For Ihimaera the courthouse encounter affected him deeply: "That scene is exactly as it happened.
New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera is at the Banff Centre for his third time.
Cartwright's report underscores that potentially beneficial procedures undertaken without consideration of the whole person may cause harm (Buetow, Janes, Steed, Ihimaera & Elley, 2007; Huber, Pukall, Boyer, Reissing & Chamberlain, 2008; Lovell, Kearns & Friesen, 2007).
Considered the first Maori novelist, Witi Ihimaera blends Maori culture with wry humor, breathtaking imagery, and a convincing portrayal of a modern girl's pluck.
After acknowledging other Maori authors in the literary canon, Somerville selects for direct comparison and criticism two works whose authors "turned their attention to the politics of the region" (61): Witi Ihimaera's 1987 novella The Whale Rider and Hinewirangi's 1990 collection of poetry Kanohi ki te Kanohi These two authors provide waka journeys to Papua New Guinea and Hawai`i, respectively, articulating "innovative contributions" (62) of colonial and cultural connection between Maori and other Pacific Islanders.
The final chapter picks up many of the threads developed in earlier ones to consider "Cultural Deracination and Isolation" via novels by Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme and Alan Duff.
Doctorow and Jonathan Franzen; the Italian novel has Umberto Eco; the German novel has Gunter Grass; the Canadian novel has Margaret Atwood; the Chinese novel has a number of energetic small fry; the Australian novel has Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally, Tim Winton, David Malouf and Murray Bail; the New Zealand novel has Lloyd Jones and Charlotte Randall; the Samoan novel has Albert Wendt and the Maori novel has third rate Witi Ihimaera.
He has crossed swords or fallen out with Albert Wendt, Witi Ihimaera, Alistair Paterson, Louis Johnson, Lauris Edmond and the whole motley crew of the Wellington literary mafia, who are as narrow minded as the Spanish Inquisi-tion (especially about the truth) and who have no hesitation in applying unspeakable literary torture to obtain confession of that most heinous of literary sins--that of being an Auck-lander, especially one who possesses literary talent.
One of the highlights for me, and there were many, came when I met Witi Ihimaera, the author of Whale Rider.