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At the Heart of Hiruharama

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The literature of New Zealand rarely reflects the amazing, strong, and vibrant culture of the Pacific. The Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee took the initiative in 2003 of organizing creative writing workshops for new Pacific Writers. Building on this and other initiatives, Huia Publishers in partnership with the Pacific Arts Committee present this anthology of n ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by University of Hawaii Press
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Jan 13, 2013 Philippa rated it liked it
Review published in the New Zealand Herald, 7 October 2006

At the Heart of Hiruharama
Isabel Waiti-Mulholland
(Huia Publishers, $34.95)

Reviewed by Philippa Jamieson

‘Morna White has one brown eye and one blue, the reason being her father was Maori and her mother Pakeha.’ So begins At the Heart of Hiruharama, this whimsical first novel by Isabel Waiti-Mulholland.
The author won the novel extract category in the Maori Literature Awards last year with a piece from the novel, and it was also published in
Jul 14, 2011 zespri rated it liked it
Morna has one blue eye and one brown eye, she is half pakeha and half maori. She has never met her maori father who has long gone when she is born. When her mother dies, she goes on a journey to Cape Reinga, the place where the souls of maori are said to 'jump' to the after life .

As she journeys she writes in her journal, and this is where the story blurs and mingles, her father's voice becomes mixed with hers, and a strange narrative of dream, fact and imagination takes place.

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