Witi Ihimaera (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) was the first Māori writer to publish both short stories and a novel in English. His family has its roots in Waituhi in Poverty Bay, near Rongopai, a meeting house famed for its painted interior. An imagined Waituhi has been an important element in Ihimaera’s fiction. Here Ihimaera (centre) is photographed with members of the Waituhi Trust in 1986.
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