Limited edition Tuwhare prints now available

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Four top New Zealand typo­graphic design­ers have each selected one of Hone’s poems and cre­ated a unique inter­pre­ta­tion of his words. The poster series was a Final­ist in the 2015 New Zealand Best Design Awards.

Each design was screen­printed by Steve Lovett on 300 gram Fab­ri­ano paper (560 x 760mm) with Matt Lewis’ Live to Print vegetable-based ink at the Manukau Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy INKu­ba­tor print­lab. There are two series of prints – Black and Red – and each series was printed in a lim­ited edi­tion of FIVE. The prints are signed by the designer and come with a cer­tifi­cate of authen­tic­ity signed by the print­maker and Trustee Rob Tuwhare.

Pay­ing homage to Tuwhare’s gen­eros­ity and love of the cre­ative arts, each designer brings their indi­vid­ual cre­ativ­ity to a gen­er­ous col­lec­tive koha, such that all pro­ceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated to the Hone Tuwhare Trust to develop a cre­ative res­i­dency in Hone’s for­mer home at Kaka Point.

Sup­port the Hone Tuwhare Trust and enrich your home by pur­chas­ing one or more of these beau­ti­ful prints. A cat­a­logue is avail­able here.

Prints are $1000 each (plus postage & packaging).

All pro­ceeds will be donated to the Hone Tuwhare Trust to develop a cre­ative res­i­dency in Hone’s for­mer home at Kaka Point

Please email to arrange pay­ment and postage details.





Steve Lovett (MIT, printmaker)

The project has pro­vided a unique focus for the INKu­ba­tor print­lab … the objec­tive was to get the work con­sis­tent, mechan­i­cal look­ing almost, yet printed by hand.”

Trustees visit to Kaka Point

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Mem­bers of the trust and the man­ager will visit  Kaka Point to meet, attend to some grounds main­te­nance and check Hone’s crib from 14–16 March. The fol­low­ing week, con­ser­va­tion archi­tect Graeme Burgess will take a close look at the crib as he devel­ops a con­ser­va­tion plan as part of the ongo­ing con­tri­bu­tion of infor­ma­tion required to develop fund­ing options for restora­tion and the res­i­dency project.



Koha for the crib

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Sat­ur­day 18 Octo­ber @ 7pm 
Toitu — Foyer
31 Queens Gar­dens, Dunedin

Koha for the Crib aims to pre­serve the legacy of Hone Tuwhare by rais­ing funds to estab­lish a new writ­ers’ and artist’ res­i­dency at Kaka Point, South Otago. The crib and purpose-built res­i­dency and stu­dio will be the first to be estab­lished in the home of a Maori writer.
Koha for the Crib will include per­for­mances by musi­cians Don McGlashan, Rio Hemopo, Gra­ham Downes, Mar­tin Phillipps, David Kil­gour, and Cia­ran McMeekin, and poets Emma Neale, Majella Cul­li­nane, Sue Wooton and Peter Olds.

Hone’s love of food will be cel­e­brated through chef Scott Mur­ray who has designed the menu based on the tastes of locally gath­ered, hunted and sus­tain­ably farmed food. Koha for the Crib will include a char­ity art auc­tion of lim­ited edi­tion prints lead by Mar­shall Siefert as Auctioneer.
The auc­tion will include works from graph­ics artists Cather­ine Grif­fiths, Sarah Maxey, Kris Sow­ersby, and Matt Gal­loway, as well as a lim­ited edi­tion Chills box set.
Koha for the Crib tick­ets are avail­able by email­ing or from UBS, 378 Great King St, Dunedin, at a cost of $60 per per­son. For more infor­ma­tion about the Hone Tuwhare Trust or Koha for the Crib see or­tuwhare.

Dunedin applies to be international city of literature

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Dunedin has applied to join seven other cities around the world as one of the UNESCO inter­na­tional cities of lit­er­a­ture. The list includes Edin­burgh, Mel­bourne, Nor­wich, Dublin, Reyk­javik, Krakow and Iowa City. Dunedin is one of sev­eral other cen­tres mak­ing a bid for inclu­sion. Launched in 2004, the cre­ative cities net­work was born out of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cul­tural Diver­sity which was cre­ated in 2002. The aim is to pro­mote the social, eco­nomic and cul­tural devel­op­ment of cities in both the devel­oped and the devel­op­ing world.

Dunedin’s bid is out­lined in this Radio New Zealand story from Morn­ing Report — HTCT chair­per­son is inter­viewed for the story.:

Other recent sto­ries …


Do you remember
that wild stretch of land
with the lone tree guarding the point
from the sharp-tongued sea?

The fort we built out of branches
wrenched from the tree
is dead wood now.
The air that was thick with the whirr of
toetoe spear succumbs at last to the grey gull's wheel.

Oyster-studded roots
of the mangrove yield no finer feast
of silver-bellied eels, and sea-snails
cooked in a rusty can.

Allow me to mend the broken ends
of shared days:
but I wanted to say
that the tree we climbed
that gave food and drink
to youthful dreams, is no more.
Pursed to the lips her fine-edged
leaves made whistle - now stamp
no silken tracery on the cracked
clay floor.

in this drear
dreamless time I clasp
your hand if only to reassure
that all our jewelled fantasies were
real and wore splendid rags.

Perhaps the tree
will strike fresh roots again:
give soothing shade to a hurt and
troubled world.