Niue-born John Pule is one of the Pacific’s most distinguished contemporary artists. A poet and novelist, his work has featured in many exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, South Africa and the United States.
In 2004 the New Zealand Arts Foundation awarded him a Laureate for his achievements. In the 2012 Queens Birthday honours he was awarded a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services as an author, poet and painter.
Author of The Shark That Ate the Sun, he also paints, both on canvas and on traditional tapa cloth. In 2005, he co-wrote Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth, a study of a traditional Niuean artform, with Australian writer and anthropologist Nicholas Thomas.