Diamond, Paul

Diamond, Paul

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In Brief

Paul Diamond is a writer, broadcast journalist and historian. His radio programmes have won Qantas Media and Media Peace Awards. He was also awarded a David Low Chevening Fellowship in 2001 to study at Oxford University. Diamond’s first book, A Fire in your Belly (2003) is a significant collection of interviews with Maori leaders. Makereti: Taking Māori to the World (2007), is a biography by Diamond, and was the inspiration for the exhibition about Makereti (Maggie Papakura) at the National Library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diamond, Paul (1968– ) is a writer, journalist, historian and broadcaster. He was born in Putaruru to a Māori father and a pākehā mother, and grew up in the Hutt Valley. His iwi affiliations are Ngāti Haua, Te Rarawa and Ngā Puhi.

Diamond began his broadcasting career with Mana Māori Radio in 1997, and has also produced radio features on Māori topics for Radio New Zealand, and worked as a senior reporter for Te Hāteri on Māori Television. His radio programmes have won Qantas Media and Media Peace Awards. In 2001, he was awarded a David Low Chevening Fellowship to study at Oxford University.

Diamond’s first book, A Fire in your Belly (Huia, 2003), was described as ‘…inspirational to anyone who picks it up’, by Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Helen Clark. The book is a collection of interviews with Māori leaders, many of whom have had an impact on treaty settlements, and have shaped present-day New Zealand.

Makereti: Taking Māori to the World (Random House, 2007), was the inspiration for a 2007/8 exhibition about Makereti (Maggie Papakura) at the National Library. Diamond also contributed an essay entitled ‘Representation of Takatāpui – Then and Now’ to Sexuality and the stories of Indigenous People (Huia, 2007).

Paul Diamond lives in the Hutt Valley with his partner Bob Williams.

Updated January 2017.