One of a large family, she was brought up in Invercargill.
When young she was introduced to the sea, mountains and lakes and became fascinated with the natural world.
She lives on the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula, under huge sea cliffs, which she saw as a symbol of the frailty of life even before the recent quakes.
Her house has survived.
Her poems and haiku have been widely published and she has edited poetry anthologies.
Her second poetry collection “The Corrosion Zone” appeared 2011 with HeadworX.
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The Quake Drums and
A ripped South Island map are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013