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This is the first volume of Witi Ihimaera's enthralling, award-winning memoir, packed with stories from the formative years of this much-loved writer.

This is the first volume of Witi Ihimaera's enthralling, award-winning memoir, packed with stories from the formative years of this much-loved writer.

Witi Ihimaera is a consummate storyteller — one critic calling him one of our ‘finest and most memorable’. Some of his best stories, however, are about his own life. This honest, stirring work tells of the family and community into which Ihimaera was born, of his early life in rural New Zealand, of family secrets, of facing anguish and challenges, and of laughter and love. As Ihimaera recounts the myths that formed his early imagination, he also reveals the experiences from real life that wriggled into his fiction.

Alive with an inventive, stimulating narrative and vividly portrayed relatives, this memoir is engrossing, entertaining and moving, but, more than this, it is also a vital record of what it means to grow up Maori.


Winner of the Ockham New Zealand Book Award 2016 for the General Non Fiction category.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781869797263

    November 7, 2014

    RHNZ Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781869797270

    November 7, 2014

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    400 pages

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Witi Ihimaera Wins at Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Witi Ihimaera's Maori Boy takes out the General Non-Fiction Category at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016
    Ockham New Zealand Book Awards
    Awarded
  • 2016
    Ockham New Zealand Book Awards
    Awarded

Also by Witi Ihimaera

Sleeps Standing
Black Marks on the White Page
Bulibasha Film Tie-In
Matriarch
White Lies
I've Been Thinking About You, Sister
The Thrill of Falling
Pounamu Pounamu (Anniversary Ed)
The Parihaka Woman
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
His Best Stories
The Matriarch
Pounamu Pounamu
The Whale Rider
Sky Dancer
The Dream Swimmer
The Uncle's Story
Uncle's Story
Bulibasha

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