Kings of Hāwera - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Hāwera

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Author Ronald Hugh Morrieson famously once commented that he hoped he wouldn’t be discovered after his death – but, sadly, that was exactly what happened. Never popular in his home town of Hāwera – which was recognisably skewered in his novels – Morrieson gained a strong following after his death in 1972. Hāwera is also home to Kevin Wasley, a dedicated Elvis Presley fan who runs a museum celebrating ‘The King’ – and sometimes dresses as his hero.

Related web links:
Taranaki region: arts and heritage
James Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit 

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