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Wind Song and Rain

Matariki Bennett / Rachel Fawcett
Running time: 9 mins

Poet Hone Tuwhare's granddaughter pens a love letter to the world, bridging the gap he left and embracing his legacy.

A national treasure whose poetry spanned over 40 years, the world knew Hone Tuwhare. His mokopuna Manaia never did. Now 18 years old, Manaia feels her koro calling her, triggering a journey of connection in te reo Māori to prove there’s another Tuwhare who writes poetry. This narrative frames a deeply personal exploration of identity, heritage, and the enduring power of words to connect generations.

To read Hone Tuwhare poetry see: Small Holes in the Silence: Collected Works, Godwit Press, Penguin Random House NZ, 2011. All inquiries to [email protected]

Yes, he is here in spirit. But, he isn’t just in one place. His spirit is with me.Manaia Tuwhare

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