Witi Ihimaera


Born
in Gisborne, New Zealand
February 07, 1944

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Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best-known Māori writer today. He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.

Ihimaera lives in New Zealand and is of Māori descent and Anglo-Saxon descent through his father, Tom. He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand. He was the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories. He began to work as a diplomat at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973, and served at various diplomatic posts in Canberra, New York, and Washington, D.C. Ihimaera remained at the Ministry until 1989, although his time there was broken by several fellowships at the University of Otago in 1975 and Victoria
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Average rating: 3.89 · 10,167 ratings · 1,160 reviews · 64 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Whale Rider

3.83 avg rating — 7,217 ratings — published 1987 — 53 editions
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Bulibasha: King Of The Gypsies

4.03 avg rating — 500 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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Pounamu Pounamu

4.17 avg rating — 415 ratings — published 1972 — 10 editions
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The Parihaka Woman

3.91 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 2011 — 13 editions
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Nights In The Gardens Of Spain

3.93 avg rating — 235 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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The Uncle's Story

4.10 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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The Matriarch (The Mahana F...

4.05 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1986 — 9 editions
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Tangi

4.02 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 1973 — 4 editions
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Sky Dancer

3.71 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Māori Boy: A Memoir of Chil...

4.04 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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“When you're sorting yourself out, family are not often the ones you can turn to. They represent the place of departure and not the place of arrival.”
Witi Ihimaera, Nights In The Gardens Of Spain

“He loved them deeply, but sometimes love becomes a power game between the ambitions that parents have for their children and the ambitions that children have for themselves.”
Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider

“All truth is fiction, really, for the teller tells it as he sees it, and it might be different from some other teller.”
Witi Ihimaera, The Matriarch

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