Chris Tuffley, is a senior lecturer in mathematics at Massey University. Chris was born in England, grew up in Christchurch, and began studying Māori when he returned to New Zealand in 2007, after nine years in California.
Chris is a KUPU 2015 contributor. His poem "Haere ki te taha mauī", was written in response to Stefanie von Büren's death in a traffic accident in August 2014. "Haere ki te taha mauī" was selected for ‘catch and release: Poems from Manawatῡ’, due for release 27 August 2015. Chris also wrote 'song for Zara, aged two' which can be read here.