cover art by Claire Beynon
Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand was launched at WORD Christchurch Spring Festival on Friday, 30 October 2020.
The starting point for the anthology was the statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the March Christchurch attacks: ‘Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it…we will not, and cannot, be shaken by this attack.’
The book includes prose, poetry and visual art that explores, investigates or interrogates life in contemporary New Zealand. A celebration, yes, but also an examination of who we are, with young voices new to publication and well-known poets, storytellers and essayists.
The editors thank everyone who has been part of this project. We received a wide range of wonderfully crafted responses to the call for submissions, from Kerikeri to Bluff. Some were teenagers still at school; some were in their 80s. Most lived in New Zealand; some were New Zealanders currently living overseas. Submissions roamed from a Chinese restaurant in Christchurch to a fruit-packing factory in Opōtiki to a cemetery under Grafton Bridge in Auckland to a high school in Hastings, and from London to Finland to Vienna to Iran.
The editors also thank the team of consulting editors, without whom we would not have discovered such rich content.
Special thanks to Otago University Press and Creative New Zealand.
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Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by:
Jack Remiel Cottrell
Vera Hua Dong
Catarina de Peters Leitão
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Te Ariki Maunsell
Courtney Sina Meredith
essa may ranapiri
E Wen Wong
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe
Visual art by:
Mele Siniva Williams