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Puna Wai Kaorero

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Robert Sullivan (Ngapuhi) and Reina Whaitiri (Kai Tahu) have edited three are the editors of Homeland: New Writing from America, the Pacific, and Asia, published by the University of Hawai'i Press, and, with Albert Wendt, the award-winning Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (winner of a Montana New Zealand Book Award) and Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English II (finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards), both published by Auckland University Press and the University of Hawai'i Press.


"Maori artist Selwyn Muru's description of Hone Tuwhare's poetry in English, 'whakaaro Maori, kupu Pakeha' suggests that even though the words may be English, it's the thought that makes them Maori. 'English is our language too, ' he adds. Maori experiences and thoughts are given poetic voice and form in numerous ways - through words and gesture, music and dance, customary and contemporary materials and technologies. The best Maori poetry engages our senses, moves, and challenges us to think creatively. In this process we may learn more about ourselves and the world around us." --Moana Nepia

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