PenNorth November 2014



  • We have an email loop for gossip, advice, research queries and anything writing-related. You are not automatically subscribed to this loop when you join NZSA. If you are interested in joining or want more information please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Remember to let us know of your achievements by emailing them to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Dargaville has a fledgling writing group for beginner writers and Kerikeri is on the verge of setting up a group for any and all interested writers. Contact northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Member Announcements

  • Lisa Taylor’s first YA novel, Motive Games, has gained a finalist position in the 2014 Literary Classics Books Awards. This is an international competition to honour excellence in children’s and young adult literature.  Motive Games was the recipient of a CALEB prize.  A standalone sequel is scheduled to launch on November 1st.
  • Derin Attwood’s Caves of Kirym is available on Amazon.
  • Donna Blaber is having a book launch at Tuatara Design Store, 29 Bank Street, Whangarei on Saturday 8th November. Arrive any time between 8am and 2pm. At 11am the book will be “officially” unveiled and read aloud. Free bookmark, colouring competitions and a Kiwi Critters prize pack to be won.
  • Di has published the updated edition of her Hukerenui book. Selling for $25, it can be purchased at the Hukerenui pub and museum or from Di.

 NorthWrite 2015

NorthWrite 2015 is a go! We are focusing on various forms of indie/self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. There will be two workshop streams, one for those interested in writing for their families and/or local communities, and another for writers planning to publish for the commercial market. The date is 18 April 2015. We will keep you informed here and on

Special Feature

Piet Nieuwland was the winner of our NorthWrite 2014 travel raffle. Here he tells us about his time away:

Beach and Bush Apartment Ahipara

Winning the raffle prize of a three-night stay at the Beach and Bush Apartment high above Ahipara with views the length of Te Oneroa A Tohe was a real treat. The weather was perfect the whole time – warm spring days, but the water still too cold apart from Lisa’s brief, brave dip. Ahipara is a very interesting area with the popular Gumdiggers Café, a vibrantly muralled school, pou whenua marking significant sites, horse-riding tours, nearby Okahu Estate and Waitapu wineries, a church with a busy and interesting cemetery, walks to Shipwreck Bay and around the rocks to Reef Point, and above all very friendly locals who always waved or greeted us with a kia ora or hello.

The highlight was a trip up to the gum-fields.  There, we spoke with Ross Yelash, a descendant of the last gumdigger Tony Yelash, living in a rough tin shanty.  Walking out to the edge of the plateau gave us magnificent views of dunes, Tanutanu Beach and the rolling Tasman Sea.  The place oozes history with pa sites, middens, gum diggings, sea level changes, fire, and wind.

The Beach and Bush Apartment, below Karen and Gregg Phillips’ house, is a perfect place for dining on local fresh fish, relaxing, drawing, reading, photography – oh, and of course writing.

Piet Nieuwland


Poets Exposed

Poets Exposed is a poetry group that meets once a month in Whangarei at Te Studio in the Old Library. People come from as far away as Dargaville and the Hokianga. Next date: 19 November for Fast Fibre Poets at Pechakucha, Old Library, Whangarei, and 28 November at Blahblahblah Café, Dargaville.

Whangarei Community Publications Trust

The Whangarei Community Publications Trust has developed an online community news and views website. We have listed the NZ Society of Authors, Northland Branch under the Community, Interests category here. The trust is also looking for content to publish. At this stage it is unpaid but could be a viable publication avenue for writers just starting out, or for established writers who want to have their say about something concerning their community.

Dargaville Toastmasters

For anyone in Dargaville wanting to improve their public speaking skills there is a new Toastmasters club being formed. Commercial Hotel, 75 River Road, Dargaville 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.


Competitions and Awards for Writers:

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline. Also make use of the NZSA website to find out what’s on.


The Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors is selling earrings made by Lesley Marshall. They are very cool. If you are interested in purchasing a pair at $NZ10 each then please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com – first in first served, so make sure you tell us which ones you want. We will contact you to discuss delivery and payment. Earrings can also be made to order.

Earrings 1 - Orange
Earrings 1 – Orange
Earrings 2
Earrings 2
Earrings 3
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Earrings 5

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