The Netherlands-based Binger Filmlab will welcome Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera as a writer in residence for six months, and Ihimaera will also follow Binger's Script Development Programme.

The author, who previously wrote The Whale Rider, will be working on the screen adaptation of his 1986 novel The Matriarch, about the Maori struggle against their loss of sovereignty.

Ihimaera wrote the 1987 novel The Whale Rider, made into an award winning film. His other novels include Whanau, Nights In The Garden Of Spain , The Dream Swimmer and Band Of Angels.

His visit is supported by the Writer-In-Residence project, backed by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature.