ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Faith, Rangi Nui (1949 - ) is a poet, anthologist, and reviewer. He has also been a primary school teacher for many years.
Faith’s poetry was first published in Te Ao Hou and Into the World of Light (1982). His first collection, Unfinished Crossword (1990), was followed by Dangerous Landscapes (1994), Rivers Without Eels (2001), Conversation with a Moahunter (2005) and Spoonbill 101 (2014).
Conversation with a Moahunter (2005) was published by Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington. Spoonbill 101 (2014) was published by Puriri Press, Auckland.
Faith had a poem included in Shards of Silver (Steele Roberts, 2006), a book investigating the interplay between photography and poetry.
Faith’s preoccupation is with what Tom Weston has called 'the unsettled scores of a colonial history'. As a poet Faith engages with both the Māori and the European experiences of landscape and language. The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature writes that Faith’s poems 'draw strength from an unfamiliar point of view, [that] the poet himself is modestly reticent and undogmatic.'
In addition to being a writer, Faith is also an editor. In Dangerous Landscapes: An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry (1994), Faith created a collection of poetry for young adults that explores the issues that surround both Maori and European notions of history and identity. The collection also addresses issues of writing as craft.
Since 1988 Faith has lived in Rangiora where he continues to write and teach.