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Thu, 06 Feb


Sir Owen G Glenn Building

Haare Williams Words of a Kaumatua Book launch

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. Hear him interviewed on Radio NZ here:

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Haare Williams Words of a Kaumatua Book launch
Haare Williams Words of a Kaumatua Book launch

Time & Location

06 Feb 2020, 6:00 pm

Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

About the Event

A life of leadership and guidance is a critical responsibility. More so when the times are challenging; when traditions are tested, and complex questions arise from a diverse community. How do we lead with care and character? How do we hold the space to listen and understand, to encourage debate and grow the trust and strategy that enables change?

Aotearoa is blessed with people like Haare Williams, a leader in Maoridom, considerable service to many notably in public broadcasting. He has walked with these questions, taken on the responsibilities and found time to write, to guide us on the role of leadership in the future.

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.


6 February - 6.30pm


Owen G Glenn Building

Grafton Road

University of Auckland

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