Paul Maunder has had a lengthy career in film and theatre. After university he studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and then at the London Film School. Both writer and director of his films, his work has won international awards.
In theatre he has worked mainly in group theatre and community theatre, devising and scripting many plays, both historical and bicultural.
Paul has published articles in cultural magazines and short stories in a variety of collections. Some of his work has been recorded for radio. His PhD thesis has been published as Rebellious Mirrors, Community-based Theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Other publications include Coal and the Coast, a reflection on the Pike River Mine disaster, and Tornado, stories written over time. 2019 saw the publication of a novella, Peace and Goodness, set in Taranaki during the land wars, and 2020 his West Coast Plays: with an introduction by Carol Dawber, a collection of plays written between 2010 and 2020. Paul is current editor of the Labour History Bulletin. Some of his work is available via e-publications.
Paul now lives in Blackball, a small village on the West Coast of the South Island, where he remains active in theatre and in community and political issues. TePuawai is also organizing biennial Readers and Writers Festivals and Writers Retreats for the Coast.
In 2021 his memoir Performer: a memoir was published. An interview with Paul is available at https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018823302
Listen here to Paul's interview on the Top Writers Radio Show on Fresh FM in September 2017.