John Puhiatau Pule was born in Liku, Niue, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1964. He is the author of the poetry collections Sonnets to Van Gogh and Providence (1982), Flowers after the Sun (1984), and The Bond of Time (1985) and the novels The Shark That Ate the Sun: (Ko E Mago Ne Kai E La) (1992) and Burn My Head in Heaven: (Tugi e Ulu haaku he Langi) (1998). He coauthored (with Nicholas Thomas) Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth (2005). He has held many positions and received many accolades, including a University of Waikato Writer-in-Residence (1996), a University of Auckland Literary Fellowship (2000), an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award (2004), and an Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury (2013). Pule is also an internationally renowned painter and visual artist whose work explores the history and ancestral stories of Niue as well as the colors and styles of Niuean tapa. A third revised edition of his epic love poem, The Bond of Time, was published by University of Canterbury Press in 2014.