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FEATURED ICON – HONE TUWHARE ~ Courtesy, Otago Daily Times ~

Hone Tuwhare (Nga Puhi) recently celebrated his 84th birthday at his home in Kaka Point, south of Dunedin, with over 150 guests. Honoured in 2003 by the Arts Foundation as one of ten artists at the inaugural Icon Awards, Hone has since gone on to publish a new book of poetry and has had his achievements celebrated in a number of ways. Born in Kaikohe in 1922, Hone began to write whilst an apprentice at the Otahuhu Railway Workshops, encouraged by fellow poet R. A. K. Mason. His first collection, No Ordinary Sun (1964), was the first book of poetry by a Maori writer in English. Now in its tenth impression, it remains one of the most widely read individual collections of poetry in New Zealand literary history. Hone has fourteen books of his writings published, with a fifteenth, Tuwhareana, due for release in March 2007. He is recognised as bringing an exciting new dimension to New Zealand poetry with a voice that communicates a distinctly Maori perspective marked by a lyrical response to the landscape.

Since 2003 Hone has been awarded one of the inaugural $60,000 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement for poetry. Other winners of this Award include Arts Foundation Icons Janet Frame and Maurice Gee and recently Patricia Grace. He has received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from the University of Auckland, and an earlier Doctorate from the University of Otago. Hone has been the subject of several documentaries, including No Other Lips (directed and co-produced by 2001 Laureate Gaylene Preston) and, more recently, The Return Home (2005). He has had a compilation album of his poems set to music, featuring New Zealand musicians. Tuwhare, was the basis for a special concert of top New Zealand recording artists at the 2006 New Zealand International Arts Festival and will also feature during AK07, Auckland Arts Festival on Monday, 19 March 2007. www.aucklandfestival.co.nz/Events/Music. Hone’s Icon medallion (designed by John Edgar) is housed, along with his Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate carved tokotoko, at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha in Gore.

Icon Artists’ works continue to impress Janet Frame’s novels Faces in the Water (1961) and The Edge of the Alphabet (1962) have been re-released by Random House in one volume, as has her novel Living in the Maniatoto, as part of The Janet Frame Collection.

Patricia Grace’s latest collection of short stories Small Holes in the Silence, published by Penguin, was released in September. Patricia was a recent recipient of $60,000 at the Prime Minister’s Awards for literary achievement.

Maurice Gee’s novel Blindsight won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in this year’s Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Blindsight is also on the long list for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2007. The short list will be released on 4 April 2007 and the winner of the 100,000 Euros prize will be announced on 14 June 2007. 

Ralph Hotere and installation artist Bill Culbert have created a work Void. This is a new stand-alone work, which fills Te Papa’s core or ihonui - a large space nearly five storeys high between the main foyer on level two and the ceiling.

On becoming an Icon (!) Except for a couple absentee Icons, together, we stand – all ten of us comically sardonical; sartorially succeeding only in being dark-suited – bow-tied & white-shirted, but secretly stretched in bowel and bladder control, as the Governor-General, Dame Silvia pins a round, green-stoned cored badge, on our pumped-up chests to a series of comedically repressed “Ow-ouches” and, discovering politically that we are all “Lefties” as the pin lances a left nipple. We become more phylosophically dead in the face, as our lips curl to a comedically heroic, tight lipped silence of painful acceptance, laconically iconical! From Oooooo…..!!! the latest collection of Hone Tuwhare poems, Published by Steele Roberts Publishers and written by Hone following the 2003 Icon Awards.

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Applause - issue 12  

This issue of Applause includes Arts Foundation Milestones; Forsyth Barr Laureates On-Stage; Hone Tuwhare; Icon Artists; John Psathas; Justi...

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