18 Dec 2022

Susy Pointon captures stories from Hokianga

From Standing Room Only, 1:32 pm on 18 December 2022
Susy Pointon

Susy Pointon Photo: supplied

Susy Pointon

Photo: supplied


Writer Susy Pointon is determined to capture the many stories of Northland's rugged and mysterious Hokianga, her adopted home.

Since moving there 18 years ago, she's talked to locals to record their memories on tape and in writing.

The first two books in her Hokianga series were fictionalised short stories based on actual people and events.

Number three however, Ferry Stories of the Hokianga: Nga korero o Hokianga mai I te waka, is more of a hybrid, with locals contributing their own stories which sit alongside Susy's fiction. 

Lynn Freeman asks Susy for some highlights.