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As Matariki celebrations got under way on 2 July, guests were welcomed with a powhiri to a function entitled Mana and Matariki at The Depot Artspace in Devonport. Hosted by The Michael King Writers Centre and Penguin Random House, the part Matariki celebration, part book launch revolved around discussions on New Zealand culture. Launched at the event was ‘Black Marks on the White Page’, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makareti. This anthology of contemporary short stories and novel excerpts showcases works by 25 writers and nine visual artists from around the Pacific. Two of the writers, followed with a statement by cover artists James Ormsby. Also featured, and the centre of a discussion about our understanding of mana, was ‘Someone’s Mana’, a large-format photo book by Michael Krzanich, whose images were also exhibited.
Channel Magazine: Issue 79 August 2017