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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