Date of birth: 21 March 1947
Place of birth: Waipiro Bay
Now living in: Stokes Valley, Wellington
What is your favourite food?
Moki and kumara and all other food.
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
I get called “moron” a lot by my wahine.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I have many, my foot and my mouth are good friends.
How do you relax?
Who inspired you when you were little?
My old people.
What were you like at school?
A little @!4? Bag.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Most hated: all subjects (school did not like me much).
What was the book you most loved as a child?
My ancestor Kokere Taniwha.
Who is your favourite author/children's author?
Can't remember: did not have many books when I was a child.
Why did you want to be a writer?
My wahine made me write.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Worst thing: You have to sit inside.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
I don’t see myself as a writer I am a fencer who sometimes tries to write.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Attitude and concentration- two things I lack as a writer.
This interview is from 2002.