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An interesting project

November 12, 2015

In that same interview with Selina Tusitala Marsh that I have been referring to a lot recently, Witi Ihimaera refers to an interesting project of his:

“As I become cleverer at this business, I’m trying to involve in my work more from the Maori inventory. For instance, there’s so much in Maori waiata that is unexplored by our writers. Who reads Nga Moteatea Volumes 1, 2 and 3 other than Maori language specialists? I’m trying to bring more of that material, which is as beautiful as Shakespearean sonnets, into the written Maori literature in English.”

Ref: p.295 ‘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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