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Once were warriors NZ movie author almost bankrupt

Author Alan Duff of Once were warriors fame has admitted to a New Zealand court that he will not be able to pay back the $NZ3.6 million ($A2.87 million) he owes creditors over a failed property venture.

Alan duff almost bankrupt

The man behind the famed Once Were Warriors story that propelled New Zealand's gang culture onto the world stage is in financial ruin. Alan Duff (born October 26, 1950, Rotorua, New Zealand) is a New Zealand novelist and newspaper columnist, most well known as the author of Once Were Warriors.

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Once were warriors author in debt

The Dominion Post questioned why Duff, now based in France, was driving a Lexus and playing golf at one of the country's most prestigious golf clubs during his summer visit home, but Duff insists he is not spending recklessly.
It is a big fall from grace for Duff who wrote the acclaimed best-selling novel Once Were Warriors, a violent love story adapted for a hard-hitting 1994 movie of the same name.
His response to his excesses
The car was on loan from a friend, the membership was cheap and he was living within his frugal means, Duff told the newspaper.

"If I was running around in flash gear and wining and dining, flying business class, fair enough. But I'm not."

He admitted it was "excruciating" owing so much money and had this message for his creditors: "I'm sorry I got into business".
"I just wasn't good enough. Everyone got paid until everything turned to custard and down I went."
once were warriors now bankrupt

The author also appears to be struggling in other ways, with the Post reporting that his two most recent books have sold just 2,746 copies between them, according to Neilsen data.
Duff said the figures were "way out".
Once Were Warriors is New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling first novel, first published in 1990. It tells the story of an urban Māori family, the Hekes, and portrays the reality of domestic violence. It was the basis of a 1994 film of the same name, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison which made its US premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The novel was followed by two sequels, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? in 1997 and Jake's Long Shadow in 2002.
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