Members’ News, April 2021

Autumn sky – photo by Simon Hanson

John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku

The results for the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku have now been posted. Congratulations to the awarded poets; Louise Hopewell, Matthew Paul and Jennifer Sutherland for First, Second and Third Places respectively. Congratulations also to those gaining Honourable Mentions. Our gratitude is extended to all who participated in this most successful event; your contributions are deeply appreciated. Our sincere thanks to our judges; Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch for their enthusiastic commitment to the event and for their expert and insightful comments. Our sincere thanks (once again) to Ron C. Moss for creating the certificates and the magnificent paintings accompanying First, Second and Third places.  You can revisit the selected haiku and judge’s comments here.

Groups and Gatherings

To catch up on the latest happenings in some of our regional groups click on the links below.


Haiku @ The Oaks



Further Congratulations


1st place

after the fire
the sound of a falling
rain drop

Josie Lim, Australia

All selections and judge’s comments can be found here


Second Place

aboriginal guide…
his bare feet step lightly
on his country

Catherine Smith

All selections and judge’s comments can be found here

Sharpening the Green Pencil 2021

Honourable Mention

whipsnap wind…
another day’s worries
hung out to dry

Marietta McGregor

You can read all selections and judge’s comments here.

New Zealand Poetry Society Completion 2021 Open for Submissions

The New Zealand Poetry Society are holding their annual competition including sections in haiku for the Open category judged by Simon Hanson and the Junior category judged by Marco Fraticelli. Guidelines and further information can be found here.

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