Beryl Lucy (Noeline) Fife née Huria

Ngāi Tahu

1916 -

Noeline was born in Rangiora and educated at Woodend Primary School and spent one year at Rangiora High School. She writes: "My writings were done [from] 1929 to the early thirties. My sister and I joined the children’s page of the Christchurch Sun hosted by Lady Gay and we were ‘sunbeams’. When we reached 15 years we could use a nom-de-plume. I became Mate Cleta, Cleta being the Christian name of an American penfriend. I am quarter caste Maori and never learned the language of my father, nor the culure much to my disappointment. I have the cuttings of my writings in a scrap book I began in 1931.…I have always been known as Noeline, but registered as Beryl Lucy.’ She spent many years living on Rakiura/ Stewart Island.

    Children's literature

  • "Nature’s Cathedral." ‘Children’s Pages.’ The Sun [Christchurch] 1929: 930.
  • "In An Old World Christchurch Garden." The Sun [Christchurch] 1929: 930.
  • "Beauty." The Sun [Christchurch]. Early 1930s. No further details.
  • "The Dragon in the Garden." ‘Children’s Page.’ The Sun [Christchurch]. Early 1930s. No further details.
  • Non-fiction

  • Stewart Island News July-Aug. 2006: 5.
  • Noeline thanks all the volunteers who helped her in her last years living on Rakiura before she moved to Takitimu Home.
  • Other

  • "Noeline Fife’s ‘never-fail’Oyster Soup." Stewart Island News July-Aug. 2006: 8.


  • "Happy Birthday Noeline." Stewart Island News: Celebrating Rakiura Aug-Sept. 2006:8.