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Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Writer Ronald Hugh Morrieson (right) performs with his dance band, which made appearances in small towns across South Taranaki during the 1940s. Morrieson wrote four novels and a couple of short stories; all except the first two novels were published posthumously. His portrayal of the booze-ridden subculture of small-town New Zealand and Taranaki in particular did little to endear him to many of his fellow citizens of Hāwera. His four major works have been made into films – The scarecrow (1981), Pallet on the floor (1984), Came a hot Friday (1985) and Predicament (2010).

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Arts and heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015