Annie Mihare Ani White

Te Arawa, Ngāriki

Annie White was born in Turanga. She has a Bilingual Certificate in Teaching and is currently head Māori Language Tutor at He Kainga Mo Te Reo. Using te reo Māori, she writes waiata, plays and short stories for children. There are many other stories that have been written or translated which are only used in the Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata. She has attended a writing workshop at Lopdell College.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Annie White on 4 December 1992.

    Children's literature

  • "Taniwha Apu Kai." School Journal. Ed. Katarina Mataira. Hamilton, N.Z.: Ahuru Trust. No further details.
  • Nga Whare. Kopeopeo, Whakatane, N.Z.: Māori Publications, 1986. Rpt. in 1990.
  • Written in Māori.
  • Te Pirihimana. Kopeopeo, Whakatane, N.Z.: Māori Publications, 1986. Rpt in 1990.
  • "This is one of a number of booklets produced by the people of Ruatahuna working together with their local school teachers at a marae hui held over a weekend. Their main objective was to produce written material based on their local environment, culture and language that could be used to support the bilingual teaching programme being carried out in the school. The involvement of the whole community means that the material is suitable and acceptable to those who wrote it" (Te Pirihimana).