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Nga Ripo Wai | Swirling Waters: A Kerikeri Anthology

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Kathy Derrick, Jac Jenkins, Kipa Munro
November 2021
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Kororipo Pa faces Stone Store / across an inlet fringed with northern trees / history looks different here ... This multi-genre anthology in te reo Maori and English explores the uneven terrain of Kerikeri and its history, from the pa to the store, from the warrior to the gardener, from the chainmail coat to the black singlet to the Maori Battalion tie-pin, from the orchards to the river banks, from the airport to the Old Packhouse Market and the galleries. Here is a beautiful, undulating landscape of poems, ultra-short stories, interviews and histories from writers with a Kerikeri connection, including Glenn Colquhoun, Fiona Kidman, Piet Nieuwland, Vivienne Plumb, Vaughan Rapatahana, Briar Wood and others. Here are fascinating strata of love and loss, community and tensions, nature and settlement. Here are the floods, the mountains, the dusty roads, the turbulent waters of the basin, the views from near and far. Here is Kerikeri, New Zealand's longest continually occupied joint Maori-European settlement.