James K Baxter
James K Baxter wrote prolifically throughout his life, producing numerous collections of poetry and criticism and several acclaimed plays.
The impact of his visit to India as a UNESCO fellow reflected his growing preoccupation with poverty, urban degeneration, and alienation, especially among the young and minority groups.
In 1969, he went to Hiruharama (Jerusalem) on the Whanganui River, where he established a community of like-minded individuals. His early death, marked by a large tangi, was mourned by an extraordinary diversity of people who had been touched by his life and work.