Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters Cover

We have had a wonderful response to the beautiful cover for Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters, our sincere thanks are again extended to Dallon August (cover artist) and Erin Nicols of Smartwork Creative (cover designer).

We acknowledge that for many, the inclusion of mountains on the cover is somewhat of a surprise. In reality, there are several mountains in the Kerikeri surrounds and even more within the wider reaches of the Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters volume. Mountains are highly significant to Māori and, while sometimes they may seem more hill-like than mountainous to the untrained eye, it is the events attached to the mountain that signify its mana.

We love working with designers because of their ability to translate an idea into a visual image. The stylistic representation of the Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters mountains on the cover emphasises their importance, and the overall effect enhances the idea of flow from mountains to river to sea.

The mountains referenced in the volume are marked on the book’s map designed by Jill Creighton and include: Tokerau, Rākaumangamanga, Ōrongo, Whakataha and Pokākā.

Te Rohe Ripo Wai | The Boundaries of Swirling Waters (map by Jill Creighton)

Announcement of contributors – Kerikeri anthology

Pavlova Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters, an anthology of writing about Kerikeri. 

Noel Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This multi-genre collection in te reo Māori and English explores the uneven terrain of Kerikeri and its history, from the pā to the store, from the warrior to the gardener, from the chainmail coat to the black singlet to the Māori Battalion tie pin, from the orchards to the river banks, from the airport to the Old Packhouse Market and the galleries. This beautiful, undulating landscape of poems, ultra-short stories, interviews and histories comes from writers with a Kerikeri connection. 

Poet and essayist Lynn Jenner calls the anthology: “… a word painting of this place as it was and as it is now …” and asks, “Is Kerikeri a settled place? Yes and no. That tension is what makes this anthology so much fun to read and so worthwhile to think about.” 

Congratulations to the contributors whose work has been chosen to feature in the anthology, and to Dallon August, whose artwork graces the cover (which will be revealed shortly!). We would also like to acknowledge the valuable input from Andrew Blanshard and Liz Bigwood.

Alistair Tulett
Audrey Lappin
Barbara Wrigley
Bella Booth
Briar Wood
Bruce Hudson
Corralie Betts
Debbie Raphael
Diana Menefy
Elinor Davis
Fiona Kidman
Glenn Colquhoun
Heather McQuillan
Jac Jenkins
Jill Creighton
John Geraets
John O’Hare
Julia Barber
Julia Reinholt
June Pitman-Hayes
K.V. Martins
Kanjini Devi
Kathy Derrick
Kipa Munro
Lesley Marshall
Lilly Marie Hulse
Lucy Spice
Lynette Wrigley-Brown
Lynne Hill
Marino-Moana Begman
Mark Graver
Martin Porter
Mercedes Webb-Pullman
Philippa Campbell
Piet Nieuwland
Rose Wunrow
Sian Williams
Sophie McEntee
Susi Thompson
Tania Aslund
Tūauahiroa Te Kēpa
Vaughan Rapatahana
Vera Dong
Vivian Thonger
Vivienne Plumb

Writing Workshop Sunday 15 March, Kerikeri

Sunday 15 March 1.30PM-3.30PM
Venue: Craigs Investment Partners
Hobson Ave, Kerikeri

In November we ran a workshop to celebrate the launch of our first publication, Scoria: Short prose from the cinder cone. The workshop was so well received that we are running it again, this time in Kerikeri.

When we went into the revision process for Scoria: Short prose from the cinder cone we had no idea how significantly some of our stories would change. Many had been published before, selected by editors and judges for inclusion in various periodicals, anthologies, blogs and websites – they must be good, right? Perhaps even great? We thought so but still we examined each one closely. And we asked others to examine them closely too – firstly beta readers, then an assessor and finally a copy editor. In each round of reading new eyes asked new questions that had us thinking about our stories in new ways. What if we did cut out some characters? What if we did reduce the word count? What if we increased it? What if we completely reconsidered the form? What if we changed the tense or point of view. Can a title change make that much difference? Even our proofreader asked a question we couldn’t ignore that saw one story completely rewritten just days before the manuscript went to the designer.

Shifting gears: Transforming your stories from good to great is a celebration of our revision journey. Join us for an afternoon of story shaping on Sunday 15 March 2020 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Craigs Investment Partners, Hobson Ave, Kerikeri. We will demonstrate some of these techniques and show you how powerful even small changes can be. Writers of all levels who have stories in any form from raw draft to ready to submit will find value in this workshop. We will have examples for you to work on but also feel free to bring some of your own work to experiment with.

If you already have a copy of Scoria, please bring it with you. There will be an alternate free gift for you.


Thank you for the excellent writing workshop; I came away full of ideas and the enthusiasm to utilise what I had learned. The workshop ticked so many boxes for me: it was well organised, interactive, serious with an element of fun, and managed to engage a diverse group in terms of writing experience.  Above all, I really appreciated the generosity of spirit with which you shared a piece of your own work as you had progressed through the edits.  You are both great learning facilitators and I look forward to attending future workshops with you. VM

I thought your workshop was fantastic. You two were honest, helpful, funny, endearing. Often workshops can be a bit confronting, say, if you’re asked to write something in a short time – but not this one. It was all about learning … such a gift to get an insight into your processes. RR

Shifting Gears is thoroughly engaging and insightful.  The facilitators are highly skilled and well trained, encouraging writers to be flexible and open to new perceptions.  I came away from the workshop not only inspired but also equipped with a framework of helpful suggestions for reference.  What is the Heart?  This question has breathed new life and focus into my stories and poems.  I have been writing daily ever since. KB

I really enjoyed the writing afternoon – intimate, not too long, and a chance for everyone to participate. AJ