TJ Corrigan's short story "Hemi's gift" is about a girl who has an inner epiphany about solace thanks to the aid of a Maori man she encounters named Hemi.
He bestows a variety of blessings upon her, the most important of which is serenity. She encounters Hemi on the same bus as she is heading to her father's funeral in Whangarei at the start of the novel.
She quickly dismisses his appearance and demeanor as stereotypical. When the bus comes to a halt and Hemi offers her food and smokes, her inner prejudicial monologues about him come to an end.