Where were you born?
Where do you live now?
Where did you go to school?
Did you have a nickname?
What were you like in school?
What was your favourite book growing up?
I liked the books by H. Rider Haggard.
Who is your favourite children’s author?
What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Who inspired you to write/illustrate?
My parents, both of whom liked to read.
How did you get started?
I have always loved writing. One of my primary school teachers kept a folio of my writing for over 30 years and gave it back to me when I became a published writer.
Why did you want to be a writer/illustrator?
I enjoyed reading and wanted to be a writer and an artist.
How do you think up ideas?
I am inspired by my surroundings and I like to tell stories that give a Māori perspective of our world.
Do you have a special place where you write/illustrate?
In my studio which overlooks Mahia Beach.
What is the best thing about being an author/illustrator?
When children enjoy my work.
Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an author/illustrator?
What do you do when you are not writing/illustrating?
I like to work in my garden.
What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author/illustrator?
I also work as a historian.
Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Some of my ancestors from the time Pākehā first came here.