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About the Author: Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best-known Māori writer today. He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.

Ihimaera in New Zealand and is of Māori descent and Anglo-Saxon descent through his father, Tom. He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand. He was the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories. He began to work as a diplomat at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973, and served at various diplomatic posts in Canberra, New York, and Washington, D.C. Ihimaera remained at the Ministry until 1989, although his time there was broken by several fellowships at the University of Otago in 1975 and Victoria University of Wellington in 1982 (where he graduated with a BA).[1] In 1990, he took up a position at the University of Auckland, where he became Professor, and Distinguished Creative Fellow in Māori Literature. He retired from this position in 2010.

In 2004, his nephew Gary Christie Lewis married Lady Davina Windsor, becoming the first Māori to marry into the British Royal Family.

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2002 by University of Hawaii Press

ISBN10: 0824825764 | ISBN13: 9780824825768

Page count: 376

Michael Mahana tries to discover the truth about a love affair that happened between his Uncle Sam Mahana and American helicopter pilot Cliff Harper, during the Vietnam war. After the war Cliff came to New Zealand to visit Sam, so now Michael goes to the USA looking for Cliff.

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