Author(s): Tina Makereti
Vulnerable gods and goddesses; Children born with unusual gifts; Birds with bad timing; Insects having sex. Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa explores a world where mythological characters and stories become part of everyday life. Old and new worlds co-exist, cultures mingle and magic happens. Familiar characters appear, but in these versions the gods live in a contemporary world and are motivated by human concerns. In this perplexing world, characters connect with each other and find ancient wisdom that carries them through.
Tina Makereti has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters and teaches life writing at Massey University. Lives at Raumati on Kapiti Coast. Winner of the non-fiction category of the 2009 Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing, ( essay 'Twitch' was published in the Listener.) Winner, Best Short Story in English at the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers 2009. Published: Turbine, JAAM, and Huia Short Stories 8. Currently studying for PhD @ Victoria in creative writing.