Becky Manawatu

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.

Nov 10, 2019

'We need to help it die': the beautiful, shocking first chapter of Auē

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. 

Read on.

Mar 27, 2018

Is there any such thing as literature in Westport?

We continue our occasional - and occasionally insanely depressing - series which investigates whether literature exists in the provinces. Becky Manawatu looks for signs of bookish life in Westport.

Read on.

The Spinoff is made possible by the generous support of the following organisations.
Please help us by supporting them.