Ihimaera's political past sealed writing career

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I te mutunga mai o ngā mahi whakarewa i te kiriata ki te wā kainga o Witi Ihimaera, e ai ki te kaituhi o te pukapuka, e teka ana ia mehemea ehara ke tēnei i te kiriata e hangai ana ki tona ao.

He wāhanga tēnei o te kiriata, e ai ki a Witi Ihimaera, he rau maharatanga ōna i rerekē ai tōna ao.

“Just remember, no Maoree is to be spoken in the Court room” – he kōrero na te kaiwhakawā i te kiriata Mahana.

“If no one can speak Māori here, how can we Māori possibly defend ourselves?” – he kōrero na te kaikiriata mataua i te kiriata Mahana.

E ai ki a Witi Ihimaera he wā tēnei i tini tōna ao, “From that point onwards, my political path as a Māori writer was forever sealed.”

I puta ngā pakiwaitara tuatahi a Ihimaera, ko Pounamu Pounamu te ingoa, i te tau whitu tekau mā rua. Na wai, na wai, ka tuhia e Ihimaera ngā momo pakiwaitara e hangai ana ki te tukinga o ngā tikanga Māori ki ngā Tikanga Pākehā i Aotearoa.

Hei tā te kaiwhakatipu o te kiriata a Robin Scholes, “I went to meet with Witi and I said to him my dream team, if it were possible would be to have John Collier Write the screen play, and Lee Tamahori Direct the film.”

E ai kit e kaituhi tautoko a John Collier, “It's full of the kind of detail that you can't make up. It is a very complex, multi character meandering tale, so my job was really to take this and simplify it.”

Ko ngā wheako hoki a Ihimaera, kei te kitea i te āhua o ngā kai-whakaari i roto o Mahana.

“There are some things that I am really proud to see. Like Nancy for instance would always go like this to our noses. And that was trying to make our noses really look beautiful and short, well it didn't happen in my case,” hei tā Ihimaera.