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 or

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.:

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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.