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Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera

Pounamu Pounamu (1972)

by Witi Ihimaera

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First published in 1972, Pounamu Pounamu was the first work of fiction published by a Maori writer. Most of the collection of short stories are based on the East Coast - the author grew up in a village called Waituhi, near Gisborne and has fictionally reimagined the village of his upbringing. The stories describe a traditional way of life that is increasingly coming under pressure as many Maori move away to the cities in search of a new life. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Mar 5, 2016 |
So much Maoriness. I loved it back in the 70s and I love it now - all over again. ( )
  gmillar | Nov 8, 2012 |
This is a very good introduction to this author. These vignettes of rural Maori life as experienced by Witi feature many characters of his later novels. He creates wonderful characters to laugh and cry with. ( )
  HelenBaker | Oct 16, 2011 |
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Witi Ihimaera's 1972 collection of stories, Pounamu Pounamu, changed the face of literature in Aotearoa New Zealand, paving the way for what would later be known as the Maori Renaissance, an unprecedented flowering and recognition of Maori arts and literature in the 1970s (Foreword by Fiona Kidman).
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