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Ripeka Takotowai Goddard

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Ripeka Takotowai Goddard is a student and a writer living in Feilding. Previously a butcher and a panel beater, Ripeka took her hand to writing Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa - her first picture book, based on traditions she learned about eeling. Here is 5 minutes with Ripeka:


What are you reading at the moment?
Cry of the Panther by Adam Armstrong

Who is your favourite fictional character?
Jamie Alexander Malcolm Mckenzie Fraser from the Outlander series

We all have one book we’re a bit ashamed of loving – do you have one?
V.C Andrews

Why did you write Tuna rāua ko Hiriwa?
I was at a writers' workshop and the opportunity to write presented itself.

What's the craziest thing on your bucket list?
Skydiving

Which writers inspire you?
Wilbur Smith, Diana Gabaldon, David Gemmel, Peti Nohotima, Witi Ihimaera

Who would you love to be the main actor of your book if it was made into a movie?
My nieces

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The editing process

What would be your superpower?
Telekinesis

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