Writer, academic and filmmaker Witi Ihimaera was New Zealand’s first published Maori novelist. Winner of national and international awards, and a Katharine Mansfield Fellow, in 2015 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Maori Boy. This session considers his many achievements and includes clips from Witi’s stage shows and movies, including Whale Rider.

The Blue Mountains Program at Varuna
All day pass $65/$55 (29 or 30 May)
Two day pass $100 (29 and 30 May)
Single session $20/$15  

Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Witi Ihimaera (International)

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Witi Ihimaera is a novelist, short story writer, filmmaker, anthologist, playwright and one of New Zealand’s most prolific and accomplished writers. He is a three-time winner of the Wattie/Montana Book of the Year award beginning with Tangi, followed by The Matriarch and Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies in 1995. He was a Katherine Mansfield Fellow in France and is a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. Witi’s most popular novel is Whale Rider and he was associate producer for its film adaptation. His most recent play is All Our Sons, which won six Wellington Theatre Awards. His memoir Maori Boy won the non-fiction category of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2016.