Twentieth-century New Zealand poet known for Something Nothing at all, Deep River Chat, and other functions. He was a 2003 receiver of the renowned New Zealand Primary Minister’s Honor for Literary Accomplishment. He grew up in Northland and Auckland and was raised speaking the Maori vocabulary. He released his debut poetry collection, No Common Sunlight, in 1964. He became Te Mata Poet Laureate of New Zealand in 1999. His mom passed away when he was youthful; therefore, he grew up mainly by his dad, a prominent storyteller. He, like Allen Curnow, was a fresh Zealand-born poet.