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Haiku Festival Aotearoa, 2012 – Tauranga, New Zealand


| Introduction | page 2 | page 3 | page 4 | page 5 | page 6 |


Questions to Panel and Close of Festival

Closing out the festival was a Q&A with a panel comprising Jim Kacian (founder of The Haiku Foundation, owner of Red Moon Press and managing editor of the RMP annual anthologies, former editor of Frogpond), Laurice Gilbert (president and national co-ordinator of the New Zealand Poetry Society), Cynthia Rowe (president of HaikuOz, haiku editor of FreeXpresSion) and Beverley George (past-president of HaikuOz, organiser of the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim conference and editor of Eucalypt tanka journal).

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The Haiku Festival Aotearoa delegates.

Photo courtesy of Sandra Simpson.


Also in the audience were Pat Prime and Margaret Beverland, co-editors of Kokako, Sandra Simpson, editor of Haiku NewZ, Nola Borrell and Karen Peterson Butterworth, organisers of the inaugural HFA, and Barbara Strang and Nola Gazzard, part of the group that organised the last HFA.

Topics were wide-ranging - including relationships between haiku groups in Australia and New Zealand, the haiku scene in Australia, the benefits of NZPS membership, Haiku NewZ and its role for the haiku community in New Zealand (and Australia), the Haiku North America Conference in 2013, and the role of editors.

We couldn’t have done it without our funders – Legacy Trust, Tauranga Rotary and Creative Communities (Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty), Windrift haiku group (Wellington) and Small White Teapot haiku group (Christchurch) – so one of our last acts as organisers of the HFA2012 was to, once again and from the bottom of our hearts, thank them.

The HFA is always a good chance to make new haiku friends and to put faces to names. This one was no exception. Until next time …



Sandra PhotoSandra Simpson co-organised the 2012 Haiku Festival Aotearoa with Margaret Beverland.

Sandra is an award-winning haiku and renku poet who last year received a Touchstone Award from The Haiku Foundation (US) for one of the seven best haiku published in English in 2010. Her first collection of haiku, breath, appeared in late 2011.

She has been secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway Focus Committee since 2006; Literary Programme manager for the biennial Tauranga Arts Festival since 2001; and in November 2012 organised her second speaker series for the Tauranga Garden and Artfest.


Sandra has been editor of  Haiku NewZ, a monthly newsletter on the NZ Poetry Society website, since its inception in 2005





1. The master class sections first appeared in a report on the HFA written by Sandra and posted on the Haiku NewZ .

  • ‘Haiku Festival Aotearoa 2012, Tauranga, New Zealand’ – Sandra Simpson © 2012
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