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John Pule


John Pule was born in 1962 in Liku. When he was two, he and his parents immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, where he grew up. Influenced by the Maori poet Hone Tuwhare, he started writing poetry and then took up painting. He returned to Niue for the first time in 1991 and became interested in the culture of Niue. He continued painting but also wrote novels. While he has continued to write, he is now best-known as an artist.

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1981 Winter, The Rain! (poetry)
1982 Sonnets to Van Gogh and Providence (poetry)
1984 Flowers after the Sun (poetry)
1985 Bond of Time (poetry)
1992 The Shark that Ate the Sun (Ko E Mago Ne Kai E La) (novel)
1998 Burn My Head in Heaven (Tugi e ulu haaku he langi) (novel)
2004 Restless people (Tagata kapakiloi) (poetry)
2005 Hiapo (art – with Nicholas Thomas)
2013 Sadness Spirit (poetry)