Tama Wise was influenced by growing up with hip hop culture, as one of a generation of urban Polynesians searching for identity. Coming to writing in his teens, he was quickly drawn to what little fiction he could find that addressed race, sexuality, and poverty in an urban setting. Since then he has told stories of this world and others, weaving love, life, and a Māori view of things.
Tama has been published both locally in New Zealand and abroad, with short stories published in the anthology Huia Short Stories 7: Contemporary Māorii Fiction, and more recently the Yellow Medicine Review. He lives in Auckland with his partner and three budgies.
- https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/authors/tama-wise-219 18 November 2016
- "Save point." Huia short stories 7. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
- "PAX BRITANNICA: For Queen and Country." The Kiwi Writers Challenge Collection. Kiwi Writers, 2009.
- "Street Dreams." Bold Strokes Books, March 13 2012.