Esther Tamehana

Ngāi Tūhoe

Esther Tamehana ‘an accomplished Tuhoe actor, singer, writer, director and playwright was nominated in 19[9]8 as a finalist for the New Zealand Post Book Awards that included ‘The Sandman’ and ‘He Tangata Kirikiri’. Esther has captivated many audiences of diverse ages, genders, ethnicities with the use of both Māori and English language. Tamehana’s debut ensemble included the musical ‘Korowai’ and the play ‘Hawaikinui’ – windder of the ‘Best Total Immersion Play’ – a spiritual and emotional repertoire and rendition of "The Wizard of Oz." Ester has her work published through Huia Publishers sich as "He Kahurere", "Roimata’s Cloak" and a collection for Nga Kete Korero. She is currently working with educational video resources.’

Biographical sources

  • Whakaahuatia Mai Tour flyer. Taki Rua Productions.

    Children's literature

  • He Tutaki Tata: He Korero Pono Tenei Mo Tetahi Huakitanga Mango I Ahitereiria. Wellington, N.Z.: Published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, 1991.
  • Written in English by Virginia Henkel, Māori tranl. By Esther Tamehana, and illus. by Phillip Paea. First published as Close Encounter in the School Journal Story Library series in 1991.
  • He Kai. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1996.
  • A reader in Māori.
  • Ka Tangara A Niho. Te Whanganui-a-Tara [Wellington], Aotearoa [N.Z]: Huia, 1996.
  • Written by Esther Tamehana and illus. by Ali Teo.
  • The Sandman. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1997.
  • Story by Esther Tamehana. Illus. by Kerry Gemmill. This book was a finalist in the 1998 NZ Post Picture Book awards.
  • He Tangata Kirikiri. Te Whanganui-a-Tara [Wellington], N.Z.: Huia, 1997.
  • Maori translation of The Sandman.
  • He Kahurere. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
  • Written by Esther Tamehana and illus. by James Molnar.
  • Roimata’s Cloak. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
  • Written by Esther Tamehana and illus. by James Molnar.
  • Sound recordings

  • Nga Pukorero o Te Wa. 6. Te Whanganui-a-Tara [Wellington], N.Z.: Pou Taki Korero, 1995.
  • By Apirana Taylor, Himiona Grace and Esther Tamehana.