Tuwhare Trust reaches milestone

By February 14, 2012Press Release

TUWHARE CRIB SAVED FOR WRITERS’ RESIDENCE

The South Otago crib that was home to celebrated poet Hone Tuwhare has been purchased by a private family trust, securing its long term future as a writers’ residence – the first of its type in the home of a Maori writer.

Tuwhare, who was twice the Robert Burns Fellow, lived and wrote from the humble crib for over 16 years, where the solitude and natural beauty of Kaka Point inspired and sustained Hone in his later years.

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust was launched to preserve and promote Hone’s legacy, with the aim of transforming the crib into a writers’ residence. But despite fundraising efforts, donations from the public and the sold out Koha for The Crib concert, the trust lacked the resources to purchase the property by the end of last year when Hone’s family were about to reluctantly place the crib on the open market.

But news of the crib’s plight has led to offers of help and a positive resolution. The Takutai Trust has agreed to purchase the property on behalf of The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, securing its ownership and catapulting the trust into the next phase.

Says Matt Shirtcliffe, the Chair of The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, “We couldn’t have hoped for a better scenario. The Takutai Trust is a private family charity that has so many compatibilities with Hone and what he stood for, and Takutai trustees share our desire to preserve and promote his legacy. They’ve been incredibly generous and humble, and we really welcome the help that they can provide.”

Shirtcliffe says the focus will now move from the crib’s purchase to its renovation. “We’ve still got plenty of fundraising ahead of us, but now that ownership of the crib is secure we’re suddenly able to move onto revitalising the crib. And the funds raised so far will go directly towards the rebuild.”

Rob Tuwhare, Hone’s son and family spokesperson, says “It’s fantastic to know that Dad’s crib will definitely continue to be a place to nurture and inspire New Zealanders from all walks of life. This is a wonderful outcome for both the whanau and The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust.”

For comment from The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, please contact the trust on tuwharetrust@gmail.com

Please note: The Takutai Trust is not related to The Maori Aquaculture Settlement Trust (that has a working name of Takutai Trust).