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Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are Film (Full Length) – 1990 Documentary Māori

Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

Film (Full Length) – 1990 Documentary Māori

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The world is where you are. Where else can it be? What you do and what you listen to, and your experiences are the things of value to you as a writer.
– Patricia Grace on the importance of expressing your world, to a class of teenagers
We wrote mainly of second-hand experience from books and comics that we had. It was all based on writing that didn’t belong in this country [...]. I never thought of ‘a day at the seaside’ about being at the beach or ‘a day in the forest’ about being in the bush. [...] They [the stories] didn’t just have togs they had bathing costumes [...]. I’d write about tinkling brooks or bluebells, things that I’d never seen or words that I’d heard spoken...
– Patricia Grace, on her early writing as a child
Waiariki made a considerable impact. This was partly because it was the first collection of stories in English, by a Māori woman — but as well as that it was the sheer quality of the writing.
– Patricia Grace’s one-time publisher Phoebe Meikle, on Grace’s first short story collection