Haare Williams: Words of a Kaumatua
Haare Williams. Edited and introduced by Witi Ihimaera
A kaumātua reflects in poetry and prose on his journey from te ao Māori on the East Coast to contemporary Auckland.
Ko te kōpara anake e tārere ki te tihi o te makauri. Oti rawa! Kia oti rawa, e!
Haare Williams grew up with his Tūhoe grandparents on the shores of Ōhiwa Harbour in a te reo world of Tāne and Tangaroa, Te Kooti and the old testament, of Nani Wai and curried cockle stew – a world that Haare left behind when he learnt English at school and moved to Auckland.
Over the last half-century, through the Māori arts movement, waves of protest and the rise of Māori broadcasting, Haare Williams has witnessed and played a part in the changing shape of Māoridom. And in his poetry and prose, in te reo Māori and English, Haare has a unique ability to capture both the wisdom of te ao Māori and the transformation of that world.
This book, edited and introduced by Witi Ihimaera, brings together the poetry and prose of Haare Williams to produce a work that is a biography of the man and his times, a celebration of a kaumātua and an exemplar of his wisdom.
Read a sample here
Interviews and reviews
Haare Williams book, "Wisdom of a Māori elder of the old school" says Witi Ihimaera – interview with Te Ao Maori News (link)