Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) is a reporter and columnist for the smallest independent daily newspaper in New Zealand, The News, in Westport. Her novel Auē was published in August, by Mākaro Press. She lives in Waimangaroa with her husband and two children, and was born in Nelson in 1982.
Becky Manawatu's first novel is a story about kids and gangs and curdled masculinity. About serendipity, and taniwha, and resilience. It begins with Taukiri dropping his little brother Arama at their uncle and aunt's place.