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Written by Natasha Hay, The Listener   
Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Kiwi author's years of obsessive research have come to fruition with her new work, Rangatira.

Paula Morris is in that heady state of traversing worlds when I skype her at home in Glasgow. She’s had a morning dashing about while trying to watch Samoa play South Africa and later obsessively checking her phone from the osteopath to see the result. “Then my father rings from New Zealand, as he always does after any big rugby match, so we can discuss everything.”

Vibrant and fast-talking, she’s also very excited to be talking because she’s been a constant contributor to the Listener since 2003 yet has never been interviewed. She may live a hemisphere away with a well-established writing pedigree but these bonds are deep and ever-present. Indeed, on the eve of publication of her long-gestated fourth novel, Rangatira, it’s time to redress the balance. An expat since 1985, Morris came to writing later in life after a glamorous career in the 90s working for record companies in London and New York. But the dream job turned out not so dreamy and she burnt out, leaving her shiny office overlooking Times Square for Victoria University and Bill Manhire’s creative-writing course. 2001 was a prescient time to flee the Big Apple – and the record industry, as it turned out.

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