Hone Kouka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Raukawa) is most widely known for his works as a playwright and actor, having won a string of New Zealand's most prestigious playwriting awards, including three Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the Bruce Mason Award. Hone is also a short fiction writer, poet and children’s book writer.
Hone’s plays have been produced in South Africa, Britain, Hawai`i, Canada, Australia, New Caledonia and throughout New Zealand. He was invited to attend the Maurtis Binger Film Institute in the Netherlands where he worked on the screenplay of Witi Ihimaera's novel, Bulibasha. Hone has published five books and co-founded the theatre production house Tawata Productions.
In 2009 Hone became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Contemporary Māori Theatre.