New website for Haiku NewZ & NZPS

Message from Sandra Simpson: 

Haiku NewZ, and its parent the New Zealand Poetry Society, have moved to a new website which has a fresh look.

Find Haiku Happenings here:

To access and navigate the rest of the pages, hover your mouse over Affiliates in the top menu. A drop-down tab will appear that says Haiku New Zealand. Point your mouse at this tab and a drop-down menu with all the page names appears to the right.
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Summer Solstice Haiku String, 21 December 2016

Entries for this event are now closed, but please read the 90 haiku contributions on the pages below. 

This is a ‘haiku string’. Please write your haiku in response to the featured poem, or any poem posted in the comment box. Participation by poets around the world is welcomed.

You may enter as many times as you like.

Haiku posted must be original work by the poster.

Please include your name as you wish it to appear, as author of each of the haiku you post.


the year’s last poem
our childhood front door
wide open

Vanessa Proctor Continue reading “Summer Solstice Haiku String, 21 December 2016”

Launch of ‘River’s Edge’ by Owen Bullock

On December 5, Smith’s Alternative Bookshop was packed for the Canberra launch of Owen Bullock’s fourth poetry collection, River’s Edge (Recent Work Press, 2016). Bullock is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra and former editor of Kokako, the New Zealand based journal of haiku, tanka and related forms. He also holds a Canberra Critics’ Award (2015). That Beverley George travelled from the Central Coast of New South Wales to launch this book speaks volumes for its quality.
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Ginko With Lysenko #29 — the end of spring

Venue: St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Sunday November 20th 11.30am—4pm.

Present: Myron Lysenko, Ela Fornalska, Sol Oost, Kate Brabon, Chris Lynch, Ben Oost, Louise Hopewell, Takanori Hayakawa, Rory Hudson.

There was a fun run in the city so most of us turned up late, but we still managed to start proceedings at 11.30 am. I began the ginko by giving a focus for our writing: kigo and kire. I explained these concepts and Taka and Chris expanded on them. I read several haiku as examples then we went our separate ways through the park for 40 minutes writing haiku or notes about our sensory observations.
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Lorin Ford’s haiku for comment in re: Virals  

This week the following one-line haiku by Australian haiku poet Lorin Ford has been chosen for comment in re: Virals 66, on The Haiku Foundation website:

she waves a thin blue scarf becoming sky

— Lorin Ford, tinywords 15:2 (2015)

Sheila Sondik selected Lorin’s haiku, after her own response to Patrick Sweeney’s “in my other life” was chosen as the latest weekly winner in re: Virals, viewable at this link:

Comments on Lorin’s haiku are welcome. These need to be placed in the Contact box at The Haiku Foundation website by midnight on Tuesday (Eastern US time), using the subject heading “re: Virals”. Selected responses will be posted next Friday.

Rodney Williams
Australian Haiku Society

Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition

2016 was the fourth year of the Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition, in which young writers of prose and poetry competed to win individual prizes, as well as books for their school. Last year Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley developed a haiku guide for the teachers, which was well received and used again this year. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group sponsored prizes for haiku, across the year groups of Grades 2-3;  4-5;  6-7; and 8-10. In 2016 a special commendation was also issued by judge Lee Bentley for the most outstanding haiku overall. Continue reading “Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition”