THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS' CENTRE TRUST
Witi was a long-standing friend and colleague of Michael King. A diplomat for many years, he is a distinguished writer and taught English, Maori and Pacific literature at the University of Auckland. He was a member of the Michael King Writers' Studio Trust in its early years. Since then he has worked closely with the trust on the development of the residential workshop for mid-career authors and on the programme of residencies for Maori writers at the centre. He was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit. in recognition of his work as an award-winning novelist, short story writer and mentor of young writers.
The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.