Avoiding heavy-handed directing, filmmaker-writer Caro orchestrates scenes with a lyrical touch, infusing the film with doses of humor, and an effortless, mythic quality consistent with its source material, the eponymous cultural novel by Maori author Witi Ihimaera
, in 1981, captured this predicament when he reflected on his first years with the foreign service (he was to be onboard until 1990) that he had been 'distrustful and suspicious' ahead of joining, but said then
The Community as Protagonist in the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Witi Ihimaera
Traditionally, research about Maori-specific constructs was primarily conducted by non-Maori researchers, whose purpose in most cases was not to enhance the well-being of Maori (Ihimaera
, 2004; Pere, 2006; Smith, 1999).
* The Whale Rider -- 1987 novel by Witi Ihimaera
; 2002 film, Whale
Released as Mahana in New Zealand, The Patriarch arrives with an impressive Maori cinematic pedigree: it is directed by Lee Tamahori, who made 1994's landmark Once Were Warriors, and is based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera
, author of Whale Rider.
In 2011, Waaka won the Pikihuia Award for best short story written in English and her novel extract, "Eyes of God", was shortlisted by judge Witi Ihimaera
for the 2015 Pikihuia Award for best novel extract written in English.
Culturally-situated activities, or everyday occupations, such as kapa haka and mahi harakeke (Flax weaving), have been explored in terms of connecting with one's spirituality (Bright, 2010; Ihimaera
, 2004) or from socio-cultural perspectives (Smith, 2003; Wirihana, 2008).
Little chose "Sleepless in Seattle." On favourite writers, three chose Kiwi authors Murakami, Frank Sargeson, Witi Ihimaera
. But, Little stood his ground and mentioned John Grisham.