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What was it like to be a Budapest Girl
born in 1933 and surviving the war?

Panni Palásti spoke about her memoir

launched on December 10 2015

in The Free House Yurt in Nelson, New Zealand.

All books sold out at the launch. The second printing is now on sale.

Other books in the Maitai River Press collection

TORNADO, a collection of short stories by Paul Maunder is available in all good bookshops. $25 .

Read more about the author here

TAXI! TAXI! in second printing

A selection of poems by Panni Palasti published in 2008 is in it’s second printing.

Jenny Argante

reviews "Taxi! Taxi!" in Bravado Issue 14:

Click here to read more reviews


Panni Palasti

Panni Palasti was born in Budapest and educated there. She entered the United States as a refugee in 1956 after the Hungarian revolution and continued her studies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She worked as a teacher and feature writer in California before sailing with her husband and son to New Zealand. She lived in Russell for 28 years where she started the Russell Writers Workshop and edited the Russell Review for two decades before moving to Nelson in 2002.
She has been writing poems since first grade. Her poems have been published in Hungary, the United States and in New Zealand.


Paul Maunder lives with his family in Blackball, on the West Coast of the South Island, where he is engaged in community projects,  writing short stories and plays. He studied drama and film in Sydney and London before he returned to New Zealand and established Anamus, an innovative theatre group, and made a series of groundbreaking films. In the 1980s he became involved in bicultural theatre, trade unions and community arts as well as in politics in the troubled 1990s. He received his PhD in 2011 at the University of Canterbury where the University Press published his book about the Pike River tragedy "Coal and the Coast". He is involved with the Blackball Museum of Working Class History. His stories explore the social dramas and dislocations of our journeys through time and place, the way we encounter “strangers” and our notions of the past that forms us.

THE PRESS, Christchurch, Saturday, January 9, 2010, Giles Brown wrote in a profile of Maunder:

"Events in recent Coast history are covered in the book, including the 2005 tornado, from which Maunder weaves a touching love story focused on the damage it caused to a Greymouth video shop. The image of the elements destroying a bastion of Hollywood consumerism was too tempting to leave unwritten, he says."