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Mōteatea poem

Mōteatea is a new poem, written and recorded in response to an exhibition by Beth Caird on grief processes, at Blue Oyster Art Project Space in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It has just been published by the wonderful people at Blue Oyster – here’s the link

It was important to record the spoken word, alongside the written text, to bridge the spaces I explore in my creative work. As a writer with Māori ancestry, and still recovering from a brain injury, having multiple ways to access and approach my writing is vital.

Mā te wā, see you again soon


Author’s Note: A mōteatea is a lament.





Bonsai. A little beauty that a story of mine has been woven into. Ka pai 🙂

Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, short form fiction, flash fiction and prose poetry. A collection from 165 of us for your reading pleasure.

Exciting news

Kia ora WordPress whānau, it’s finally time to share the aroha  IMG_3969

March: ‘then the wind came’ accepted for publication…

April: Met my publisher…

May: Tweaked the manuscript…

June: Edits and first typeset copy received… 

July: Cover artwork in progress…


Rabid Dogs

Stoked to have a new story ‘Rabid Dogs’ in Barely Casting a Shadow – Reflex Fiction Volume 1. Reflex Fiction pic

She arrived more swiftly than I imagined she might, having crossed the world from the UK to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Some wonderful stories are contained within these pages, so here’s the Amazon link if you’d like one yourself 🙂 

Nottingham Poetry Fest

Next week I’m appearing (via Skype) as a guest writer at this fantastic Nottingham Poetry Festival event.


It’ll be strange to be 11 hours ahead and into Tuesday morning (and possibly just out of my autumnal pj’s) when everyone there will be enjoying a glass of wine on Monday night!

Shout outs to Nottingham Peacebuilders for inviting me along, I’m honoured.

Easter Weekend

What a weekend Easter was! IMG_3380.JPG

A new story ‘Toetoe’ has been published with the wonderful peeps at Flash Frontier, in their Pasifika issue

…and another story ‘Swan’ has been long listed with Reflex Fiction

…and there’s something else, but I’ll save that for later, watch this space.


Monsters Conversation

IMG_3266Kia ora WordPress whānau,

Sharing a kōrero (conversation) I contributed to, along with other Indigenous writers from the Pacific Monsters Anthology.

Kia ora to the Institute of Classical Studies in London, for the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful and enriching kōrero.

Iona x