Story: Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki

Patricia Grace's Tu

Patricia Grace's Tu

Patricia Grace won the Deutz Medal (an overall prize) and the fiction prize at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2004 for her novel Tu. It tells the story of Tu, named after the god of war, Tumatauenga. Along with his two older brothers Rangi and Pita, Tu joins the 28th (Māori) Battalion and fights in Italy during the Second World War. He alone returns home, devastated at the loss of his brothers and friends and scarred by his wartime experiences. Many years later, his niece and nephew ask him what happened, and he gives them his war diary to read.

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Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, 'Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki - Development of Māori fiction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/42294/patricia-graces-tu (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, published 22 Oct 2014