A successful launch! Buy Waiatarua here (NZ residents only) for $30 ($5 shipping) with proceeds after cost donated back to the Waiatarua Reserve!

Here are a few sample poems from the book:


A Southerly rouses the rabble gathered

at the borders

stiff swords upraised. I walk their gauntlet;

Thief they whisper


It is too late for negotiation

their banners unfurling

insignia of tūī of silver-eye.

A call to arms.

Red throated trumpets


in the early sunlight.


All summer

we watched over

the wild bramble of blackberries

as though it were ours

as though we’d been promised

some aliquot of sweetness

bore witness

to the flowering

then the slow setting of the fruit.

But the relentless rain has come early

the rot has set in

and now the blackbirds squabble over a few

purpled nubs of ruin.

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