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About the Author

Barrie Allen was raised and educated in New Zealand. After graduating in law and arts, he turned to education and spent his working life in this field, specialising in music. He spent his last thirteen years, working with students with behavioural difficulties.

Besides studying Maori language, history and culture, he has also lived and taught in predominantly Maori communities.

He is now retired, living on a rural block with his musical and life partner Kim, a cat, two calves and a few hens. He and Kim perform music occasionally but are more likely to be found in the garden.