Māori writers have honoured one of their peers who penned a fictional book telling the story of a Māori medicine woman last century. Massey University's Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards were held in Wellington where Witi Ihimaera's book 'White Lies: Tuakiri Huna' took out top prize in the fiction section.
From the pages of a book to the movie screens, Witi Ihimaera's thoughts have indeed come to life. Both Māori and Pākehā languages are featured in Witi's writings and according to the stalwart of the literature world, the Māori language allows one to delve deeper into the Māori world.
A broad range of talent was highlighted at the event and other winners on the night included Mamari Stephens and Mary Boyce for 'He Papakupu Reo Ture', and Bradford Haami for his biography on Ngapo and Pimia Wehi, 'Ka Mau Te Wehi'.