Jonathan Milne, June 1996
Tucked away in one of the quieter of Wellington's hill suburbs, dressed in slippers and a dressing gown, lives a man who loves his country.
He loves it in a manner that is different from the nationalistic jingoism that is often taken for patriotism. He never fought wars for New Zealand. He never played rugby for New Zealand, or raced yachts.
Maurice Gee is a writer who has quietly introduced readers, from New Zealand and abroad alike, to many different facets of the country in which he has grown up.
It seems extraordinary that the person who brought New Zealand to so many -- a person who loves New Zealand in such a way -- is also a person unable to swear an Oath of Allegiance to New Zealand's head of state.