Paora Ropata has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for nine years but this is his first published piece of fiction. He was born in Lower Hutt and grew up in Cannons Creek, Porirua, where he has lived ever since. He has three children.
- Huia Short Stories 1995. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1995. 135.
- "Golden Syrup." Huia Short Stories 1995. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1995. 13-20.
- Hoani fantasises over a beautiful Polynesian woman he sees each morning travelling to work on the same train. When they meet unexpectedly at his work place, Hoani is dumbfounded and discovers that they both have the same tribal affiliation. This story was a finalist in the Huia Publishers Māori Writers short story competitions of 1995.