In the void of time, half-bird half-woman, Kurangaituku, tells the story of her extraordinary life – the birds who first sang her into being, the arrival of the first humans, the change they brought to her world, and her life with a young man, Hatupatu, whose betrayal led to her death. But death does not end a creature of imagination like the bird-woman. In the underworlds of Rarohenga, she continues to live in the many stories she collects as she pursues what eluded her in life. This is a story of love – but is this love something that creates or destroys?
A contemporary retelling of the story of Hatupatu from the perspective of the traditional ‘monster’ – the bird-woman Kurangaituku.
Whiti Hereaka is an award-winning novelist and playwright. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington.