Celebrated New Zealand novelist, filmmaker and playwright, Peter Wells, has died aged 69.
Wells was known for writing New Zealand's first gay-themed work, Dangerous Desires, in 1991 - giving a literary voice to gay and lesbian New Zealanders.
The award winning writer also co-founded New Zealand's most successful book festival - The Auckland Writers Festival.
In 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand.
In a Facebook post, the Auckland Writers Festival said, "We are so sad to lose Peter Wells, co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival, long-time trustee and writing luminary.
"Our thoughts go out to Peter's husband Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and his family. Go well dear friend, we will miss you," the post says.