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Witi Ihimaera

Writer [Te Whānau a Kai]

 Witi Ihimaera

 Witi Ihimaera
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Witi Ihimaera

With his 1973 book Tangi, Witi Ihimaera became the first Māori to publish both a novel and a book of short stories. Later his book The Whale Rider inspired a feature film which won international acclaim, and became one of the highest grossing 'foreign' titles released in 2003. Ihimaera's work has also seen a number of television adaptations, including landmark big city tale Big Brother, Little Sister.

I belong to a proud tradition of Māori story-teller on one side and a great tradition of New Zealand writers going all the way back to Katherine Mansfield. It's a fabulous whakapapa. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 White Lies

White Lies

Original Author

2013

 What Really Happened - Votes for Women

What Really Happened - Votes for Women

Co-Producer

2012

 Ihimaera

Ihimaera

Subject

2011

 What Really Happened - Waitangi

What Really Happened - Waitangi

Co-Producer

2011

 Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Original Author

2010

 History Man

History Man

Subject

2004

 bro'Town

bro'Town

Actor

2004 - 2009

 Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

Subject

2003

 Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Associate Producer
Original Author

2002

 Kaleidoscope - Witi Ihimaera

Kaleidoscope - Witi Ihimaera

Subject

1982

 Against the Lights

Against the Lights

Original Author

1978

 Winners and Losers: Big Brother Little Sister

Winners and Losers: Big Brother Little Sister

Original Author

1976

 Tangata Whenua

Tangata Whenua

Subject

1974


The titles listed here may not reflect this person's full screenography. These are only the titles that are included in or referenced by this site.

Awards

2009 Arts Foundation Laureate Award

2009 Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards (Māori Arts Awards)
Te Tohutiketike a te Waka Toi (Supreme Award)

2004 Distinguished Companion — New Zealand Order of Merit
For Services to Literature

1986 Queen's Service Medal
For Services to the Māori Community