Mānawatia a Matariki. It feels auspicious to be launching this new collection, A Book of Rongo and Te Rangahau, at this special time. Ka mua, ka muri, walking backwards into the future – in this collection poet Briar Wood considers how the lives of the two wāhine toa of the title, nineteenth century tūpuna of Ngāpuhi, continue to impact their descendants today.

We have made a short video to celebrate the launch, please check out:

Video by Annie Goldson.

Buy Briar’s book here: www.anahera.co.nz/books

Thank you to Creative New Zealand for their support of this publication.