Thursday, November 19, 2009
Ihimaera row should be taken seriously - CK Stead
NZ Herald, 10:04 AM Thursday Nov 19, 2009
CK Stead, (pic left, Sydney Morning Herald), says Auckland University needs to acknowledge the seriousness of what happened.
One of New Zealand's most respected authors has criticised Auckland University for minimising the seriousness of the Witi Ihimaera plagiarism controversy.
Ihimaera admitted tracts of his latest novel, The Trowenna Sea, had drawn on work from other writers without acknowledgement.
He said he was buying back all remaining stock of the novel and planned to republish it.
The edition would contain a new section by the author explaining the background and making full acknowledgement to writers whose work had been drawn on.
"I have taken this step to preserve the mana and integrity of the novel," Ihimaera said yesterday.
"Although I have already made the relevant apologies and have publicly undertaken to fully audit the book myself, it seemed appropriate to remove the first edition immediately and begin working on a corrected second edition."
Ihimaera is a professor of English and distinguished creative fellow in Maori literature at Auckland University.
University dean of arts, Associate Professor Jan Crosthwaite, said while concerning, Ihimaera's actions were not deliberate.
Ihimaera said the offending passages amounted to less than half a per cent of the novel, but respected author CK Stead said that was beside the point.
"It's really like saying 'well yes I did steal from 16 people but I only took a dollar from each'," he told Radio New Zealand.
Read the full piece at NZH online.