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Hone Tuwhare

Te Rārawa, Te Aupouri, Ngā Puhi

Hone Tuwhare (1922-2008) remains one of New Zealand's most loved and respected poets. Tuwhare was the subject of numerous documentaries. He also wrote short stories and plays, and one-off drama Eel for pioneering Māori anthology series E Tipu e Rea. He died on 16 January 2008 in Dunedin.

The keynote of Tūwhare’s writing is an uncommon emotional honesty. Each poem is alive from start to finish. The shock of warmth and discovery, as one reads these poems, happens again and again. Poet James K Baxter