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Witi Ihimaera, a prolific writer and editor in New Zealand, has written numerous award-winning short story collections, novels, anthologies, and nonfiction titles. He is hailed as a pioneer among Maori writers. His Pounamu Pounamu was the first collection of short stories published by a Maori, while Tangi was the first novel by a Maori. A diplomat for many years, Mr. Ihimaera now teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Auckland.