At the moment I teach at an intermediate, and am studying for a Post Grad. Dip Museum Studies.
It is this love of history that has drawn me to read a copy of my great-great-great grandfather’s diary who was one of the first pakeha settlers in TeUku, Raglan. His story, along with a teaching unit, based on James K. Baxter’s poems inspired me to write the poem, ” The Colonial” which I entered for this competition. It’s hard to believe that he and his wife left England for NZ “not wishing a soul goodbye, not even my dear loving mother”.
The desire for a new life must have been very strong.”
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Her poem is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013