Olivia Aroha Giles is a writer of Kahungunu, Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Te Whanau a Apanui, Irish and Scottish descent from Wellington. She writes novels, short stories and poetry about educated, feisty, successful Maori women working their way through the drama of life. Her stories are loaded with rich characters, drama, humour, love, suspense and action. Olivia reads voraciously and has an addiction to romances and murder mysteries (paperback crack) and non-fiction.
This book, Feather from the Kakahu, does one very special thing: it gives us a unique and very contemporary New Zealand/Aotearoa book, where Maori culture and Maori characters work alongside their Pakeha companions to truly reflect our duel cultures and where Maori culture permeates every page, through both the overall sense of wairua that shines out so beautifully and the aroha shown in both acti