Don’t call me a Māori writer. I am a writer who is Māori. Yeah, there’s a difference. I tell stories. Stories I hope will shape perspective. Give life more meaning. And as clichéd as it sounds, provide a voice for the voiceless. My Māori culture means everything to me. It is, of course, part of […]

Robert Louis Stevenson was quoted as saying ‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.’ At the moment, I am planting lots of seeds, but when I look at my fields, the crops seem like poor specimens – undernourished and not able to stand tall against strong winds. […]

We are nearing the halfway mark of our journey, and I have just completed the manuscript in its rawest form – the unformed clay if you will. My mentor has allowed the following week to go over this first draft and begin the editing process, so I am a bundle of nerves. Even now, I […]

When I last met my mentor, Alia Bloom, we shared coffee in the sun on the terrace of her home, and I hesitantly agreed with her suggestion to dispatch Buddy Winter. I created Buddy, so it was only right that I be the one to destroy him. He was an awful man, but like a […]

I’ve recently had broadband connected at my house. The digital revolution finally revolved its way to my place, flashing its light-speed optics in my direction. It was a bit of a mission. First of all, Telecom refused to set up an account in my name. I have a credit history as peppery as the spice […]

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