"In the extraordinary space of one month I found myself thinking I must be the [controversial MP] Hone Harawira of literature. I kept thinking, `when is the next person going to come along to take the spotlight. Where are you, Hone, when I need you?"'
Ihimaera's mother used to tell him, when things go wrong, drink clean water.
"I drank a lot of water over The Trowenna Sea."