Friday favourites from the long white cloud – Aotearoa* poetry

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Australia was recently visited by New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. At the end of her visit some wag commented that ‘Australia has a smart, progressive Prime Minister with a firm vision of the future; unfortunately, she’s returning to New Zealand later this week.’

Which leads me to the February edition of  Poetry Magazine featuring new New Zealand poetry. Continue reading

Showering in New Zealand

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New Zealand is a small, bifurcated country just to the right and a little down from Australia. It has over 15,000 kilometres of pristine coast, hundreds of inland lakes and rivers, spectacular waterfalls and an average annual rainfall of between 600 and 1600 mm. In other words, there are plenty of ways to get wet in New Zealand; the least satisfactory of all these is the ensuite shower… Continue reading