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Writing glocal in NZ – Ihimaera

November 5, 2015

In an extensive interview with Witi Ihimaera, Selina Tusitala Marsh asked him about “the importance of maintaining the specific study of Maori and Pacific literature at New Zealand universities as opposed to having them subsumed into post-colonial or commonwealth literatures” (p.299). Witi replied:

“…it’s imperative that New Zealand’s priority should be to write not just the local but the ‘glocal’. Our New Zealand writers are actually very adept at writing the global. They set their work in London, New York, Paris or Rome. But I’m often shocked at the huge lack of writing which involves the Pacific, Australia and Asia, even though these areas are our closest neighbours.” (p.299)

Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) ‘Witi Ihimaera: Interviewed by Selina Tusitala Marsh, pp.284-305 in Words Chosen Carefully: New Zealand Writers in Discussion pp.108-133, Ed. Siobhan Harvey. Cape Catley Ltd: Auckland 2010

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