Born in 1922, Hone Tuwhare started his life in the Nga Puhi tribe. Originally from Northland, his family moved to Auckland following the death of his mother. His father encouraged reading and storytelling, looking to the Old Testament books for inspiration.
In 1939,Tuwhare began to write while carrying out his apprenticeship at the Otahuhu Railway workshops although did not write seriously until 1956 when he wrote No Ordinary Sun. Hone was a prolific writer throughout his life and received many awards as a result of his work. He became the most well known Maori New Zealand Poet.
On his death in January 2008, Hone was described as New Zealand's most distinguished Maori writer.
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