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Can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? Should they?

Can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? Should they?

Brendaniel Weir writes in the Spinoff about his novel – Tane’s War – a story of a gay affair between Pākehā and Māori lovers. In the process he explores Brendaniel Weir asks the questions can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? And should they? Wier explains at age 16 his first love was a Māori man. […]

Dear Oliver: Peter Wells – Auckland Writers Festival – 18 May 2018

Dear Oliver: Peter Wells – Auckland Writers Festival – 18 May 2018

The work of writer Peter Wells is distinguished by a careful scrutinizing of particular and general histories of Pākeha – New Zealanders. Over the last year he has explored each in moving ways: from his ongoing Facebook diary project documenting his psychological and physical navigation of cancer, to his just published memoir Dear Oliver, in […]

Kim Hill Interviews Peter Wells – Radio NZ

Kim Hill Interviews Peter Wells – Radio NZ

Peter Wells is a fiction and non-fiction writer, and a filmmaker and was recently interview by Kim Hill. His first book, Dangerous Desires, won the Reed Fiction Award, the NZ Book Award, and PEN Best New Book in Prose in 1992. His memoir won the 2002 Montana NZ Book Award for Biography and his 2016 […]

Tane’s War by Brendaniel Weir

Tane’s War by  Brendaniel Weir

Set amidst the battlefields of the Great War and the shearing sheds of 1954 Hunua, Brendaniel Weir’s debut novel Tane’s War examines the challenges facing gay men during both wartime and peace. One lifetime, two battles. It’s 1953 and Briar is a dreamer living with his father in Pukekohe. His behaviour sees him sent to […]

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells

When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother’s effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain. His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer […]

Baby: NZ Book Awards Finalist

Baby: NZ Book Awards Finalist

Baby by Annaleese Jochems has been announced as a finalist in the 50th annual New Zealand Book Awards. The NZ Book Adwards site says Baby is: “A savagely funny and daring debut, this novel shimmers with feverish, fatalistic intensity. Baby is a strange and strangely moving love story built on obsession, narcissism and damage. Annaleese […]


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