17 Feb 2012

Celebrated poet's crib now secure

6:34 pm on 17 February 2012

A crib in South Otago, which was home to New Zealand's most celebrated Maori poet, has had its long term future secured.

Hone Tuwhare, who was Te Mata Poet Laureate and twice a Robert Burns Fellow, lived in the crib at Kaka Point for over 16 years before he died in 2008.

After his death the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust was formed to promote his legacy. Chair Matt Shirtcliffe says despite efforts to raise funds, it lacked the resources to buy the property.

He says a decision by the Auckland-based Takutai Trust to purchase the dwelling is fantastic and provides the opportunity to revitalise the crib and make it available as a writers' residence.

Hone Tuwhare's son Rob says it is fantastic to know the crib will become a place to nurture and inspire New Zealanders from all walks of life.