Pike Ake (climb) recalls Tawhaki's journey into the heavens.
His blind kuia called 'Piki ake!' as he climbed the magic vine.
This call is part of a karakia that gives strength and lends support
at times of stress.
This book may be separated into three parts. I think of them as kete.
The first kete carries the wanderings of youth.
The second holds the fulfilment of reunion.
The third kete opens onto the world of the Paheka,
where I work.
Robert Sullivan is of Galway Irish and Ngapuji descent.
His first collection, Jazz Waiata, won the 1991 PEN Award for the
Best First Book of Poetry. He works as a librarian in Auckland.