I grew up in Wellington, with books, summer holidays in the Marlborough Sounds, a constant stream of people through our house, and parents with a strong sense of social justice.
Then I lived away from Wellington for a time (including several years in Canada) and eventually came back to Porirua, north of Wellington. I love Wellington, and Porirua in particular. I love its physical beauty, its mix of people, and the way you have to stand up for it because people like to put it down.
I studied at Victoria University and the University of Calgary, and in Calgary I discovered the extraordinarily interesting territory where cultures run up against each other. That interest has driven much of my work and my writing ever since.
Now I teach on the Creative Writing Programme at Whitireia Polytechnic, and I do a range of other writing and editing. For ten years I was part of the writing team at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. We live at Titahi Bay in Porirua, with a big ocean view, an often wild wind, and great swimming in the summer. How lucky.