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Koha - Hone Tuwhare

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981

They had a good library at the railway workshops and so I discovered a new world.
– Hone Tuwhare on early inspiration
Anger? That’s another thing. If they just poke around with it [Mother Earth] without even sort of thinking about it ... raping her. For Christ’s sake [yes] that’s anger you know!
– Tuwhare on the proposed Aramoana smelter
It’s a kind of a soul thing thing with us [Māori] as you know ... Mother Earth: it’s somebody, it’s real, it’s not some inanimate being or thing you know. A lot of my poems are about nature ... landscapes ... it’s that feeling: it’s a living thing. That’s all I can say about that. Mother Earth: it’s the beginning of all of us and we’ll end up back there too you know ... she’ll embrace us again.
– Tuwhare, on his connection with the land