Interview with Mokena Potae Reedy

Book Cover of Timo te Kaihi IkaName: Mokena Potae Reedy

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?

Favourite: poetry.

Most hated: all subjects (school did not like me much).

What was the book you most loved as a child?

The Phantom.

Book Cover of Te MereWhich person from the past would you most like to meet?

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?

Nowhere special.

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.

Read some books by Mokena Potae Reedy

This interview is from 2002.

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