Sept 25 2023
Hi everyone - just letting you know I'm away for the next few months and won't be minitoring the website. I've decided to have a crack at walking as far as I can along Te Araroa this spring and summer. I've always liked the idea of 'scratching the belly of the fish'. Plus I've been at the youth clinic for 12 years now - so it's probably time to go wandering and get some perspective on the world again. I'm also taking a couple of writing projects away with me - so will look forward to working on those.
I'm closing down the website contact page as well as the online bookshop - but a selection of the books should still be available from various bookshops, especially those with awesome New Zealand sections.
I've recently published a small essay entitled 'Holding the ACEs: adverse childhood events in New Zealand' as well. You'll find a photo of the cover on the website homepage. It's a reflection of the sort of medicine we are involved in at the youth clinic I work at. I wrote it to draw attention to those difficulties - and to get it off my chest. It's pretty straight-up I suppose. But then again so are the young people I work with.
If you are looking for a copy while I am away then Unity Bookshop Wellington is selling them online for me. Hopefully youll be able to track down one there.
Hope you have a great summer!
Heck! I keep being useless at keeping utd eh?? 😂
Buut … look … the website has been re-designed … 😳 … so I hope you enjoy it!
My thanks too Ashley at Purple Dot Design for all the work he’s put in to it.
I’m also expecting a couple of books I’ve been working on for years to finally go off to press soon.
They are both examinations of the NZ oral poem.
One is a collection of Māori oral poetic forms in both Te Reo and English.
It includes waiata aroha, oriori, haka, and mōteatea and is called Three Women.
And the other is a collection of Pākehā oral histories and poems.
It is full of hymns, ballads, sea-shanties, clapping songs and nursery rhymes and is called Myths and Legends of the Ancient Pākehā.
Both of them are paired volumes and come with a soundtrack you will be able to download or stream from the website.
Sooo … I have kept busy shepherding those along!
I’m knee deep checking commas and macrons and the like atm …
I’m also planning to have a crack at walking Te Araroa later this year too which might take me out of the loop for a few months as well.
I’ve got a couple of writing projects I want to take along with me … so I’m really looking forward to wandering and scribbling.
Other than that there are still a few manuscripts to clear out and get published when I get back.
So there is plenty to keep the nose to the grindstone!
I’m putting up a couple of images of the new books … just to prove I’ve been working on something!
If you spot any spelling mistakes let me know! 🤣
All the best to everyone out there.