'A collection to be savoured.'
Witi Ihimaera is of Te Whanau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Tuhoe, Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Porou descent. He was the first Maori to publish a novel, Tangi, in 1973. He has subsequently gone on to become one of New Zealand's leading writers. He has received numerous awards, the most recent being for his memoir, Maori Boy, which won the Ockham Award for the best non-fiction work in 2016 and for his play, All Our Sons, which won six Wellington theatre awards. Tina Makereti is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Atiawa, Ngati Rangatahi, Pakeha and, according to family stories, Moriori descent. In 2016 her story 'Black Milk' won the Commonwealth Short Story Award for the Pacific Region. In addition her fiction and personal essays have been recognised with various awards, including Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards for her novel, Where the Rekohu Bone Sings (2014), and her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (2010). Makereti is Creative Writing Lecturer at Massey University.