My current projects
As part of the work that I do at MOTAT, I am working on numerous projects to print poetry by local NZ poets.
Learning te reo Māori
Kei te hiahia ahau ki te ako i te reo Māori. I ako timatanga ahau ki te Kura Pō o Wairaka i te Paenga-whāwhā i 2014. Ināianei, e ako ana au ki te Wānanga o Waipapa. For me this is a really exciting ‘project;’ a lifelong journey.
I am a volunteer at MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) in the Communications Section: Letterpress ‘The Print Shop’. I am there three Sundays a month.
Some past projects
He Whakaritenga hōu / A New Setting
This exhibition showcases the development of my Māori type case which continues on the work of the missionary and printer William Colenso alongside framed works of hand-set limited run poetry works. These were handset and designed by me and printed by the Print team at MOTAT. From 6 November A New Setting will be displayed at the Walsh Memorial Library, MOTAT 1, and can be visited Monday – Friday, 10am- 5pm until 4 March 2018.
Vĭsuălis – A visual poetry exhibition
A visual poetry exhibition curated by Rachael Naomi featuring works by Miriam Barr, Tony Green, Sophie Proctor, Madison O’Dwyer, Rachael Naomi and myself. The Ellen Melville Centre, 10th-12th November 2017.
NZSA Mentorship programme 2017
Working with poetry mentor Vivienne Plumb to develop a body of work
Ema Saikō Fellowship
A writers residency at the Pacific Studio in the Wairarapa, 25th Nov – 15th Dec 2017
Letterpress i te reo Māori
I designed a new typecase for the Māori alphabet which we have constructed at MOTAT. It includes new type cast with macrons. The case is now in use its first major project was a little booklet for Māori language week 2016. It was also used in designing and printing a poem by Vaughan Rapatahana.
MA Arts – English
Simultaneous Stories: the poetry and mark-making of Cilla McQueen and John Pule. My thesis examines the relationship between mark-making (drawing, visual arts) and poetry, specifically where the two are produced as a single work. The focus is on selected works by Cilla McQueen and John Pule and how their works combine image and text in order to map, express or represent places journeys or experiences.
edited and designed the new collection of poems by Penny Sommervaille, 2015. You can buy it here:
is currently on hiatus. However #14 is currently available. Stocks of issues 9, 11, 12 and 13 are also available.
DNA Poetry Links Between the Pacific and Asia.
A research and creative project which is a part of the University of Auckland Summer Scholarship programme. I’m working as an intern for Selina Tusitala Marsh Dec ’14 – Feb ’15. The project included producing a chapbook ‘The Ala Tree Project’ See more here: https://tusitalatells.wordpress.com/
Auckland Zinefest Committee
I was on the Auckland Zinefest Committee for 2013 and 2014. Such an awesome project to be a part of, with such a great team!
PoemTalk: Deep Water Talk
Short film and discussion around Kiri Piahana-Wong’s poem Deep Water Talk http://incollusion.wordpress.com/poemtalk-deep-water-talk
Neemiss / Nemesis: an inter media collaboration with Kelly Malone
I worked with poetic texts by Kelly Malone to re-imagine, re-interpret & re-translate her works to bring them into a gallery space promoting new modes of engaging with her work. The project culminated in an evening event with displays, exhibitions, recordings, and performances as well as interactive components such as printing your own copy of Kelly’s poetry on a hand press. The event took place on 24th Oct 2013 at DevelopmentAIR in Newmarket.
A digital version of the show can be found on the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre website – http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/neemiss/index.asp
You can see some of Kelly’s work here: http://kellymalone.me/
PoetryLive / Live Lines
Design and production of Live Lines V (the PoetryLive publication) production, launched 11th November 2013.
Was a project within In Collusion, inviting artists and writers who’d like to be involved to work with a pack which includes a booklet and sheet of words. The pack includes a set of instructions / constraints to work with. http://incollusion.wordpress.com/abstract-compositions/
Vernacular Lounge at The Artspace Depot in Devonport, Auckland.July 2012
Art & Poetry 24hr Challenge, in collaboration with Anna Forsyth, Ya-Wen Ho and Richard Kearney
The Deformed Paper, Founding Editor – Ran for 22 issues from March 2007 – December 2008, now available online for reading, downloading and printing. http://deformedpaper.wordpress.com
Founded The Metonymy Project with Renee Liang, Christian Jensen and Hannah-May Lee in 2008.
Mechanics in Art / Art in Mechanics
Organised and Curated an exhibition at the MOTAT Pumphouse of local artists who were asked to respond to “Mechanics’ in their work.