I grew up in Wellington, with books, summer holidays in the Marlborough Sounds, a constant stream of people through our house, and parents with a strong sense of social justice.
Then I lived away from Wellington for a time (including several years in Canada) and eventually came back to Porirua, north of Wellington. I love Wellington, and Porirua in particular. I love its physical beauty, its mix of people, and the way you have to stand up for it because people like to put it down.
I studied at Victoria University and the University of Calgary, and in Calgary I discovered the extraordinarily interesting territory where cultures run up against each other. That interest has driven much of my work and my writing ever since.
The Creative Writing Programme at Whitireia Polytechnic has occupied a big chunk of my time, and I have done a range of other writing and editing. For ten years I was part of the writing team at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Now a major focus is Landing Press, a small publisher of poetry that can be enjoyed by many people. In 2021 we’re working on a collection of poems about housing.
We live at Titahi Bay in Porirua, with a big ocean view, an often wild wind, and great swimming in the summer. How lucky.