PenNorth October 2020

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

Saturday 31st October at 11.00 am, in the Hikurangi Hall. Open meeting. All welcome.

Writers will be invited to read an excerpt from their work. Karen Phillips will send the agenda, including directions for the venue.

Readings – Glass Houses and other stories

Karen Phillips will read from her short story collection.

  • Mangonui Community Library Tuesday 6th October at 10:30
  • Kaitaia Library Tuesday 20th October at 10:30.

Whangarei Fringe Festival 2020

Author talk – Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death

Thursday 15 October, 6pm, Whangārei Central Library

Join journalist Mary de Ruyter and award-winning author Caroline Barron (both NZSA members) as they discuss how Barron’s book, Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death (2020), explores motherhood, grief and trauma, and the search for identity. Dame Fiona Kidman describes Ripiro Beach as “one powerful read”. An RNZ reviewer calls it “honest and unsparing”, “a really compelling read”. Registration is essential due to limited seating; email libraryevents[ at]

NOTE: If Whangārei/Auckland are in level 2 close to the event date, the venue will change. Check for updates.


Wednesday 21 October 7.30pm

Toi-Akorangi Strings 

Olivia Macassey poetry  

Robert Davis cello 

Piet Nieuwland poetry 

Morgan McCaskill guitar 

Maggie Buxton poetry 

Nur Habibi Dancers 


2020 Te Papa Tupu Awards

Congratulations to Northland writers: Deborah Williams (Ngāi Tahu), Whāngārei and Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea), Whāngārei, and to NorthTec graduate Ashlee Sturm (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Awa), Edgecumbe.

Deborah, Jade and Ashlee are three of the six Maori writers who have achieved Te Papa Tupu Awards this year!


NZSA Constitution Key Dates

7 October, Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm
NZSA will send out a zoom link for a one hour Q & A session with the NZSA National Board and NZSA lawyer Rich Shera to discuss the constitution.

11 October
Deadline for any motions for amendments  
Send motions for amendments to 6 weeks ahead of a Special General Meeting.

22 November, Sunday 10am -11am
Special General Meeting to be held by zoom on line.



John Smythe, who edits the website is looking for writers who might be interested in reviewing the theatre shows happening during the Whangārei Fringe Festival this month.



We invite your participation: A link to your Blog, a video/audio recording of you reading your book/short story/poem, news, updates…

email: northlandauthors{at}


Please send us any little bits and pieces that you think might be useful for our Northland members. This includes any writing services you offer, links to useful (or fun) websites that you want to share, writing jobs you hear about, or even a request for a copy of an out-of-print book. Priority will be given to fresh content. Please refer to the contributors’ guidelines for requirements.

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Published by Patricia Fenton

“The way we were” I began my teaching career in New Zealand and later worked in international schools around the globe before being appointed to the International Baccalaureate with responsibility for authoring curriculum and professional development publications. In recent times, I’ve combined my passion for writing and education to produce my first novel, Beyond the Rimu Grove. My aim was to capture and communicate “The way we were.” I’m now working on my second novel entitled War Bride. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of my late mother-in-law, Pru Fenton who met and married her Kiwi soldier in Cirencester, England in 1942.

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