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Ihimaera, Witi 1944-

Works: 369 works in 1,261 publications in 16 languages and 16,193 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Feminist films  Juvenile works  Novels  Domestic fiction  Fantasy fiction  Short stories, New Zealand  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Librettist, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Lyricist, Creator
Classifications: PR9639.3.I5, NZ823.2
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The whale rider by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

133 editions published between 1986 and 2020 in 15 languages and held by 2,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor
Haare Williams words of a kaumātua by Haare Williams( )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A kaumatua reflects in poetry and prose, in te reo and English, on his journey from te ao Maori on the East Coast to contemporary Auckland. Ko te kopara anake e tarere ki te puihi o te makauri. Oti rawa! Kia oti rawa e!.. This book edited and introduced by Witi Ihimaera brings together Haare Williams's poetry, talks, writings, and photography to produce a work that is a biography of the man--and his times--in poetry and prose. The book is in four sections: poems from the world Haare was born in; poetry from the world he began to live in; poems of the world he confronted; and poetry from the world he lives in now. The book is a celebration of the Kaumatua as well as an exemplar of his wisdom."
I have loved me a man : the life & times of Mika by Sharon Mazer( )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Old Mill Disco in Timaru to San Francisco's ACT UP protests, through Jazzercise and drag, AIDS and homosexual law reform, I Have Loved Me a Man takes readers inside the social revolution that has moved New Zealand from the 1960s to the present day through the story of the one, the only, queer Māori performance artist: Mika. Mika grew up in Timaru, was adopted into a white family, and learnt Māori culture from the back of a cereal box. He discovered disco in the 1970s, worked with Carmen, Dalvanius Prime, Merata Mita and others to develop outrageous stage shows that toured the world, played a policeman on television in Shark in the Park and came out on screen with Harvey Keitel, playing a takatāpui role in Jane Campion's Academy Award-winning film The Piano. Mika has never been in the closet: his life has been an ongoing production of both the fabulous and the revolutionary. This highly visual book interweaves archival and historical research with images hand-picked from Mika's extensive archive to reveal the life and times of a queer brown boy from Aotearoa who took on the big white world"--Publisher information
Tangi by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

47 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rope of man comprises a new version of Tangi and a sequel The return, written 32 years later . The first book, Tangi, is set in 1973 and focuses on Tama Mahana, a young 20-year old newspaper reporter working in Wellington, as he attends his father's funeral in Waituhi. The second book, The return is a sequel, set in 2005; Tama Mahana, now 52, is living in London and is a successful TV anchorman of an international news show. This time it is his mother, Huia, who is dying, and as Tama travels back to New Zealand he realises that both he and his mother are powerless to prevent the secret that they have been harbouring for the last 32 years from blowing their family apart. Epic in scope, The rope of man is a story of love, loss and redemption. It is also a triumphant extension to Witi Ihimaera's exploration of Maori identity? but, this time, on a world stage
The whale rider by Witi Ihimaera( Recording )

44 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused on his duties as Chief of a tribe that claims descent from the legendary 'whale rider'. In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir - there's only Kahu. She should be next in line for the title, but her great-grandfather is blinded by tradition and sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored. And in her struggle she has a unique ally: the whale rider himself
Pounamu, pounamu by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

69 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pounamu, Pounamu' is the first collection of short stories by a Maori writer to be published. 'Pounamu, Pounamu' means 'Greenstone, Greenstone"--A lyrical phrase which conveys the haunting quality of most stories in this collection. Look through the greenstone and you will see: * An old woman searching the beach for shells to give her grandson * A young boy on a summer morning rushing happily towards manhood * An old man sitting alone in a darkening meeting house * A large sports gathering in a small Maori village * A young man approaching the meeting house to mourn his father. 'Pounamu, Pounamu' is Witi Ihimaera's distinctive view of rural Maori life. It deals with happiness and sadness, and always with aroha. It is his personal vision of Maori life as it is now (1970's) and of its values now. It has been written both with anger and with love - aroha - in the hope that such a life, the values of that life, will never be lost. Table of contents: * A Game of Cards * Beginning of the Tournament * The Makutu on Mrs Jones * Fire on Greenstone * The Other Side of the Fence * In Search of the Emerald City * One Summer Morning * The Child * The Whale * Tangi
The matriarch by Witi Tame Ihimaera( Book )

47 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At once vigorous social history, an intensive course in Maoritanga, and an imaginative study of human relationships ... It focuses on the land wars of the 1860s, especially the campaigns led by the founder and leader of the Ringatu movement, Te Kooti
Bulibasha : king of the gypsies by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the east coast of New Zealand, Tamihana, the leader of the Mahana family of sheep shearers and sportsmen, vies with his arch-enemy Rupeni Poata for the title of King of the Gypsies
Dear Miss Mansfield : a tribute to Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories dedicated to Katherine Mansfield for the one hundredth anniversary of her birth
Whanau by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel about the extended family life of a Māori community
Into the world of light : an anthology of Māori writing( Book )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Maori and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This contemporary anthology of Maori writing focuses on the 1970s, a period of stunning achievements in Maori literature. And it identifies, from the Maori point of view, some of the preoccupations and concerns of individual men, women, elders and youth who themselves were caught in the racial and cultural cross-currents of the last decade
The uncle's story by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Mahana's personal disclosure to his parents leads to the uncovering of another family secret-- about his uncle, Sam, who had fought in the Vietnam War. Now, armed with his uncle's diary, Michael goes searching for the truth about his uncle, about the secret the Mahana family has kept hidden for over thirty years, and what happened to Sam"--Back cover
The new net goes fishing by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

28 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and German and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of short stories exploring the life of the urban Maori and his relationship with both Pakeha and his own people
The dream swimmer by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dream Swimmer, sequel to the award-winning The Matriarch, continues the odyssey of Tama Mahana, grandson and heir to the matriarch, as he assumes the mantle of leadership and, with it, his grandmother's battles with the Pakeha. But at every step Tama is thwarted - by deception and intrigue, and by the woman whose destiny has intersected Riripeti's and his. She is the enigmatic Tiana, his mother, the woman of no account. Ihimaera continues to dazzle as he negotiates this story of great breadth and breathtaking climaxes, combining the heart of his early work with the deft experimentalism of his more recent novels and short stories. At once an incisive character study and a deeply moving family saga, The Dream Swimmer is sure to enchant and delight
Nights in the gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes us along the precarious divide between sexuality and social mores, exploring dilemmas of contemporary gay culture with anger, laughter, sensitivity and honesty
Mataora : the living face : contemporary Māori art by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the contributions of more than forty artists and writers, Mataora is the most comprehensive artistic, cultural and political statement yet about the state of Maori art. The artists include carvers like Tuti Tukaokao; fibre and multimedia artists like Aromea Tahiwi, Roma Potiki and Jacqueline Fraser; landscape artists and sculptors like Darcy Nicholas, Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Fred Graham, Emare Karaka, Robyn Kahukiwa and Michael Parekowhai; artists working in clay like Baye Riddell and Paerau Corneal"--BOOKJACKET
The Parihaka woman by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and French and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s. Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation. As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves. And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana"--Supplied by publisher. Suggested level: senior secondary
Sky dancer by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skylark O'Shea is on holiday with her mother, but all is not what it seems. What is the threat facing the town and the birds of the forest? Where do the two old charismatic Maori women Hoki and Bella fit in? Soon Skylark becomes embroiled in a prophecy and a trip through Maori mythology
Growing up Māori( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique insight into childhood stories from early this century through to recent times; from the country and, increasingly from the city; from those whoc had a totally Maori identity to those brought up in an almost completely Pakeha environment. In their own worlds, the contributers express feelings ranging from happiness to, in come cases, torment, of being Maori in a predominantly European environment
White lies by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2020 in English and French and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The original novella, Medicine Woman, has been rewritten and expanded by Witi Ihimaera to become White Lies. It has also evolved into a screenplay by director and screenwriter Dana Rotberg, which has been made into a film by South Pacific Pictures. Thus this book offers an insight into the process of adapting work, as well as offering new versions of this potent story. The book contains the novella, plus a screenplay, film stills and commentary on writing and movie making"--Publisher information
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Audience level: 0.38 (from 0.02 for The whale ... to 0.90 for La recherc ...)

The whale rider
Haare Williams words of a kaumātuaTangiThe whale riderPounamu, pounamuThe matriarchBulibasha : king of the gypsiesThe uncle's storyThe dream swimmer
Alternative Names
Ihimaera-Smiler, Witi Tame 1944-

Ihimaera W.

Ihimaera, Witi

Ihimaera, Witi 1944-

Ihimaera, Witi T. 1944-

Ihimaera Witi Tame

Ihimaera, Witi Tame 1944-

Ihimaera Witis

Smiler, Witi Tame Ihimaera 1944-

Witi, Ihimaera 1944-

Witi Ihimaera écrivain néo-zélandais

Witi Ihimaera escritor neozelandés

Witi Ihimaera neuseeländischer Autor

Witi Ihimaera New Zealand writer

Witi Ihimaera romanschrijver uit Nieuw-Zeeland

Witi Ihimaera scriitor neozeelandez

Вити Ихимаэра

Ихимаэра, Уити

ويتى اهيميرا

ويتي إهيميرا كاتب نيوزيلندي

이히마에라, 위티 타메 1944-

イヒマエラ, ウィティ