Victor Rodger

Phone: 04 463 6854
Fax: 04 463 6865

Victor convenes CREW 260 Special Topic: Māori and Pasifika Creative Writing | Te Hiringa a Tuhi. (This course was previously known as CREW 256.)


A critically acclaimed playwright of Samoan and Scottish descent, Victor Rodger's writing often deals with issues of sexuality, race and identity and has been praised for its boldness, candour and freshness.

Victor began his writing career as a cadet reporter, wrote several children's stories for Radio New Zealand Ears programme and had his first award-winning play, Sons, produced in 1995. Since then he has written eight plays including Black Faggot, My Name is Gary Cooper and Club Paradiso. A collection of his work, Black Faggot and Other Plays was published by Victoria University Press in 2017. At the Wake had its Wellington premiere at Circa Theatre in March 2018.

He was a long time writer for Shortland Street and his other television credits include the critically acclaimed Māori Television series, This is Piki. His first piece of fiction was published in Landfall last year and subsequently included in the Māori and Pasifika anthology, Black Marks on the White Page, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti. His personal essay, 'Voyage Round My Father', was published in The Best of E-Tangata (Bridget William Books, 2017). He has also written essays for Metro magazine and The Coconet website.

He has held several writing residencies including the Fulbright- Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at the University of Hawaii, the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago and was the 2017 Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence, based at the International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2018 he held the University of Auckland Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre.

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