Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Pākehā) is a
poet, novelist, performer, musician and painter, who has held writing residencies at both Massey and Canterbury
University. His powerful new play Ka Tito Au: Kupe’s Heroic Journey
year at the New Zealand Festival, and his new novel Five Strings
, which he describes as “a love story about two
alcoholic drug addicts”, is longlisted in the fiction section of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.