Once were warriors, a novel by the Rotorua-raised writer Alan Duff, later became a successful film. It is set in the bleak subdivision of Pine Block, a fictionalised version of Fordlands in Rotorua.
Download the document (17 KB) to read some of the first pages. Duff’s prose vividly conveys the divide between Pine Block and more affluent neighbourhoods, and the ways that ethnicity and class intersect in the town.
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