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A look inside Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters

Now that we have revealed the cover, we thought you might like a peek inside Ngā Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters. On the pages, Kerikeri’s uneven terrain is explored through poems, ultra-short stories, interviews and histories written in te reo Māori and English. Here is a taste of what you can expect.

Extract from “Central Motel” by Barbara Wrigley

Driving along Kerikeri’s main street one sunny morning, I saw our toilet and bath stark naked on the footpath. 

Extract from “Orangins” by Vivian Thonger

We spot a laden branch hanging over the pavement.
You twist one round fruit off its stalk—warm, blemished
the colour less dazzling in close-up. Sweet juice stickies
our hands. You ask which came first, the fruit or the colour.

Whakatauki by Kipa Munro

ko te ārautanga
o tōku herenga
he ātarangi

tomorrow’s sunshine
is my reward
for yesterday’s shadows

Extract from “Northland river koromiko” by Piet Nieuwland

In summer, on the forested banks of the Kerikeri River, there are plants with dense masses of white to pale-mauve flowers. One of these plants is called Hebe acutifolia

Hebe was the goddess of youth …

Extract from “Safe landing” by Bruce Hudson

An in-flight emergency
above a bay full of islands
my face contorts
paper bag ready
no lives at risk

“Take the controls” says the pilot …

Extract from “Flood of ‘81” by Tania Aslund

We nudged a dead sheep away from the rocks with an oar and rowed out to look at the boats. Launches and yachts listless at slack water, their dock lines shredded, paintwork dinged, hulls bashed. Some were still attached to their pole mooring, like towing a battering ram.

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 Boundary 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 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/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