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David Riley

David Riley-355David grew up in Mangere, South Auckland. He has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology from Auckland University where he focused on Pacific culture and history. David has worked as a researcher for the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (Canterbury University) and as a freelance writer. He has 19 years’ experience as a high school English and Drama teacher in South Auckland. In 2009, David’s rap club for disengaged students featured on Television New Zealand. In 2011, his play, Rock Bottom, was shortlisted in Playmarket’s Plays for the Young competition. In 2012, Little Island Press published David’s first book for teenagers - We Are the Rock, a collection of profiles of achievers who have Niuean ancestry. In 2016, two of David’s books – Samoan Heroes and Jammin’ with Steven Adams - won Storylines Notable Book Awards. Tongan Heroes is his tenth book to date.

Selected bibliography:
  • We Are Rock (Little Island Press, 2012).
  • Steppin' with Benji Marshall (Reading Warrior, 2013).
  • Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams (Reading Warrior, 2014).
  • Jammin with Steven Adams (Reading Warrior, 2015)
  • Samoan Heroes (Reading Warrior, 2015).
  • Rugby: The History (Reading Warrior, 2015).
  • Rugby: The Players, the Skills and the Style (Reading Warrior, 2015).
  • Golden Kiwis (Reading Warrior 2016)
  • Tongan Heroes (Reading Warrior 2016)
  • Gold! (Reading Warrior 2016)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 (Non-fiction) for Jammin' with Steven Adams
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 (Non-fiction) for Samoan Heroes


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