From an early age, James Poneke has had to play a role to survive. But what of the real James?
Tina Makereti's first novel, Where the Rekohu Bone Sings,
won the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize, which
she also won in 2011 with her short story collection, Once Upon
a Time in Aotearoa. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Award
for the Pacific region in 2016 and has been the recipient of the
Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science
Writing (non-fiction) and the Writer in Residence at the
Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt. Makereti has a PhD in Creative
Writing from Victoria University and teaches creative writing at
She is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Atiawa, Ngati Rangatahi, Pakeha and, in all probability, Moriori descent.