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Ihimaera, Witi 1944-

Works: 248 works in 938 publications in 15 languages and 11,909 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Romance films  Juvenile works  Short stories, New Zealand  History  Biography  Domestic fiction  Picture books 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Interviewee, Librettist, Creator, Other, Lyricist
Classifications: PR9639.3.I5, 791.4372
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The whale rider by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

134 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor
Tangi by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

40 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rope of man comprises a new version of Tangi and a sequel The return, written 32 years later . The first book, Tangi, is set in 1973 and focuses on Tama Mahana, a young 20-year old newspaper reporter working in Wellington, as he attends his father's funeral in Waituhi. The second book, The return is a sequel, set in 2005; Tama Mahana, now 52, is living in London and is a successful TV anchorman of an international news show. This time it is his mother, Huia, who is dying, and as Tama travels back to New Zealand he realises that both he and his mother are powerless to prevent the secret that they have been harbouring for the last 32 years from blowing their family apart. Epic in scope, The rope of man is a story of love, loss and redemption. It is also a triumphant extension to Witi Ihimaera's exploration of Maori identity ? but, this time, on a world stage
The whale rider by Witi Ihimaera( Recording )

34 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he's focused on his duties as Chief of a tribe that claims descent from the legendary 'whale rider'. In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir - there's only Kahu. She should be next in line for the title, but her great-grandfather is blinded by tradition and sees no use for a girl. Kahu will not be ignored. And in her struggle she has a unique ally: the whale rider himself
Pounamu, pounamu by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

57 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1972, Pounamu Pounamu introduced an exciting new voice into New Zealand literature. Most of Witi Ihimaera's stories, based on the East Coast, describe a traditional rural, communal way of life facing huge pressures from the drift by many Maori to the cities. This was to be a constant theme in Ihimaera's future writing
The matriarch by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

37 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At once vigorous social history, an intensive course in Maoritanga, and an imaginative study of human relationships ... It focuses on the land wars of the 1860s, especially the campaigns led by the founder and leader of the Ringatu movement, Te Kooti
Dear Miss Mansfield : a tribute to Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories dedicated to Katherine Mansfield for the one hundredth anniversary of her birth
Bulibasha : king of the gypsies by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and French and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the east coast of New Zealand, Tamihana, the leader of the Mahana family of sheep shearers and sportsmen, vies with his arch-enemy Rupeni Poata for the title of King of the Gypsies
The uncle's story by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Mahana's personal disclosure to his parents leads to the uncovering of another family secret-- about his uncle, Sam, who had fought in the Vietnam War. Now, armed with his uncle's diary, Michael goes searching for the truth about his uncle, about the secret the Mahana family has kept hidden for over thirty years, and what happened to Sam"--Back cover
The new net goes fishing by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

26 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and German and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of short stories exploring the life of the urban Maori and his relationship with both Pakeha and his own people
Whanau by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

21 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cameo view of a Maori village community, a sensitive account of the tears and smiles that are part of the human condition
Into the world of light : an anthology of Māori writing( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and Maori and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This contemporary anthology of Maori writing focuses on the 1970s, a period of stunning achievements in Maori literature. And it identifies, from the Maori point of view, some of the preoccupations and concerns of individual men, women, elders and youth who themselves were caught in the racial and cultural cross-currents of the last decade
Nights in the gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes us along the precarious divide between sexuality and social mores, exploring dilemmas of contemporary gay culture with anger, laughter, sensitivity and honesty
The dream swimmer by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dream Swimmer, sequel to the award-winning The Matriarch, continues the odyssey of Tama Mahana, grandson and heir to the matriarch, as he assumes the mantle of leadership and, with it, his grandmother's battles with the Pakeha. But at every step Tama is thwarted - by deception and intrigue, and by the woman whose destiny has intersected Riripeti's and his. She is the enigmatic Tiana, his mother, the woman of no account. Ihimaera continues to dazzle as he negotiates this story of great breadth and breathtaking climaxes, combining the heart of his early work with the deft experimentalism of his more recent novels and short stories. At once an incisive character study and a deeply moving family saga, The Dream Swimmer is sure to enchant and delight
Mataora : the living face : contemporary Māori art by Sandy Adsett( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sky dancer by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skylark O'Shea is on holiday when she becomes embroiled with two charismatic old Maori women, Hoki and Bella, and a threat facing the town and the birds of the forest
The Parihaka woman by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and French and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s. Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation. As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves. And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana"--Supplied by publisher. Suggested level: senior secondary
Growing up Māori( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique insight into childhood stories from early this century through to recent times; from the country and, increasingly from the city; from those whoc had a totally Maori identity to those brought up in an almost completely Pakeha environment. In their own worlds, the contributers express feelings ranging from happiness to, in come cases, torment, of being Maori in a predominantly European environment
Woman far walking by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The themes of Woman far walking involve the survival, struggles and resilience of the Maori people, as shown through the life of one woman"--Introduction
Ask the posts of the house by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brand new collection of short stories, including five novella-length stories. They show an intriging range of narratives from historical fiction to contemporary comedy. Readers will delight in Ihimaera's passionate, humorous & sometimes provocative writing, & in the rich array of characters introduced in this collection. All the stories are accompanied by notes on their origins - & there is an alternative ending offered to Dead of Night
White lies by Witi Ihimaera( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The original novella, Medicine Woman, has been rewritten and expanded by Witi Ihimaera to become White Lies. It has also evolved into a screenplay by director and screenwriter Dana Rotberg, which has been made into a film by South Pacific Pictures. Thus this book offers an insight into the process of adapting work, as well as offering new versions of this potent story. The book contains the novella, plus a screenplay, film stills and commentary on writing and movie making"--Publisher information
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Audience level: 0.52 (from 0.03 for Striding b ... to 0.91 for La recherc ...)

The whale rider
Alternative Names
Ihimaera-Smiler, Witi Tame 1944-

Ihimaera, Witi

Ihimaera, Witi 1944-

Ihimaera, Witi T. 1944-

Ihimaera, Witi Tame 1944-

Smiler, Witi Tame Ihimaera-, 1944-

Witi, Ihimaera 1944-

Witi Ihimaera escritor neozelandés

Witi Ihimaera neuseeländischer Autor

Witi Ihimaera romanschrijver uit Nieuw-Zeeland

Вити Ихимаэра

이히마에라, 위티 타메 1944-

イヒマエラ, ウィティ


TangiThe whale riderPounamu, pounamuThe matriarchBulibasha : king of the gypsiesThe uncle's storyNights in the gardens of SpainThe dream swimmer