From Left: Tayi Tibble, Ruby Solly, Ataria Sharman, Patricia Grace, Michelle Rahurahu and Sinead Overbye at the Wāhine Writing Toi Māori Art Market event last weekend.

Kia ora whānau,

I'm so excited to talk about our first ever writing workshop for Māori women on 23 March in Whanganui-a-Tara. We are very lucky to have four wahine toa onboard to take the workshops, Hana Tapiata, Irihipeti Waretini, Whiti Hereaka and Nadine Anne Hura. I can't wait to have my book and pen ready to take notes from these women who truly inspire me at a deep level. This is a one-off opportunity, we may not do it again, so make sure you get a ticket before the remaining 5 tickets are sold! To purchase your ticket click here.

I have a lot on at the moment. I don't know if this is a beginning of the year thing but I seem to have overloaded myself. In fact, I feel like I'm breastfeeding FOUR massive projects meaning that there isn't energy left, nothing left for me. I hear myself saying, "I feel like a husk. A dried husk."

I think the biggest lesson I need to take from this is to learn to say NO and not to underestimate the amount of work a project might take – no matter how exciting it might seem. To realise that creative projects are like babies, they require nourishment and therefore I need to look after myself accordingly. Can you relate? If so, let us change that narrative!

For the month of March, I dare you to set some time aside to do the things that fill you up. Journaling, reading, walking, yoga, a hot bath, a cup of herbal tea, (buy a ticket to a writing workshop heh heh) whatever it is - JUST FOR YOU! And I'll try to follow my own advice...

Mauri Ora, 

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Fresh Works

Poūkahangatus author Tayi Tibble and what it means to be a daughter of Hine-nui-te-Pō.

Half caste daughters

of half castes

about to fall into quarters.

Cast out into cities

and universities

and forgotten about.

Their umbilical cords cut

and dumped in a sludge... read more


Ataria has spent her life in Whanganui-a-Tara. But it is not where she is from. A poem that explores a childhood spent far from her tūpuna.

Homeless Ngakau

I’ve never had a home,

A real one you know,

In here, my ngākau.

I grew up outside of my rohe,

Iwi, hapū, whānau,

A product of colonisation

Urbanisation, standardisation.... read more



A poem by Camilla McCarthy.
What an empath feels like

Sadness is the first emotion I remember feeling did not belong to me
it feels like what I imagine waterboarding must feel like
buckets and buckets of it being thrown over my head
this is where panic attacks sometimes happen
I never realise that I'm holding my breath... read more


A mysterious and anonymous poem about the woman he lost that night.

But it's easier to keep her lost
Hidden safely in scandalous stories,
In midnight conquests and just for tonights
In dirty jokes and one-sided vulnerable confidences,
To conceal her behind a wanton smile,
A throwaway comment and a temporarily thickened skin... read more


Meet our Contributors

Tamara Rochford Kerr

Tamara Rochford Kerr of Raukawa ki Wharepuhunga is a teacher, reo speaker, writer and mentor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Māori Language and Indigenous Studies. Currently she is writing a book called ‘Lean On Me’, and the concept of everyday reconciliation within Aotearoa.


Sarah Knipping is an early childhood kaiako, working towards her masters degree at Te Rito Maioha. She is passionate about forrest session learning for tamariki, and respectful practice. Sarah lives in Porirua with her adorable kuri, and together they explore the ngahere that surrounds their little whare.


Tabatha is founder of Well-Written, a blog for women to use creativity as a tool for positive mental health and well-being. Tabatha likes to capture her words and thoughts and share them in the hope that others may connect with them and find inspiration or understanding.

Artist of the Month


Vendela Patrick is an established Rotorua artist who has been painting professionally since 2014. The rediscovery of her Maori heritage was fundamental to the beginning as an artist. Learning her culture, her whakapapa links and her history created many of her paintings. Vendela has an intrinsic affinity for Maoritanga and a personal passion for Mana Wahine, along with the trademark use of ink and watercolour. It is only the beginning of my journey as an artist, I have already acquired and sustained a range of techniques that have allowed me to create a large body of work including paintings, prints and designs. Vendela has numerous projects in the pipelines and is also available for commissions. See our website for more details


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If you have been looking for a new distraction - other than reading Awa Wahine that is - then look no further. Welcome to the world of digital comics also called webtoons. They are a bit like a combo of comic + light novel. Siren's Lament is a hugely successful Webtoon created by artist Kaitlyn Narvaza, a YA romance featuring a young woman called Lyra and two of the hottest cartoon men the Awa Wahine team have ever seen – Ian and Shon. Plus there's background music on some of the chapters to really get you into the story. There's also a twist, the curse of the Sirens (mythical creatures.) Both Ataria and Peti are Ian fans (soo hot) but we would love to know your opinion. Team Shon or Team Ian? Email us at

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