Write Here. Write Now! Vol.2
Edited by Hēmi Kelly, Paula Morris and Ruby Porter
Published by Outside The Square

Outside the Square is proud to present Write Here, Write Now! vol 2, the second publication of writing by Henderson-Massey rangatahi. Vol 2 features bilingual writing from the students of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kotuku in Ranui.

Writing teachers and renowned New Zealand writers Hēmi Kelly, Paula Morris and Ruby Porter delivered 5 writing intensives in English and Māori with pupils from years 12 and 13.

The workshops focused on creative, nonfiction writing based on students’ personal experiences in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area.  The best work has been compiled into a visually striking anthology designed by local design studio Lamington featuring photographs of the local area by Ashleigh Taupaki, a young artist raised in Ranui.

“These short pieces are intense, imaginative and often funny, exploring the streets, playgrounds and people of the area,” says Paula Morris, who selected and edited students' work for publication. “They reveal the diverse points of view of the young writers and the way they connect with and make sense of the city.”

Over December the publications will be available at Libraries, Community Centres and Train Stations across the Henderson-Massey area.

Henderson-Massey Local Board Deputy Chair Dr Will Flavell says that the project brings to life the importance of language and culture. “Exploring how to be creative though the use of language is fantastic, this will help encourage a natural hunger to learn and engage more with Te Reo Māori.

“And to do it while engaging with the Henderson-Massey area will bring the experience to life for many people. I can’t wait to read the stories!”

Reflecting on the experience, Kura principal Marama Turei says “Being guided by such high-profile talent was an experience that will continue to gain appreciation with our students through to adulthood and beyond.  Amidst the cultural challenges, they accomplished their creative writing goal resulting in a resource for their teina at kura and a koha to Te Hauāuru community.  Many thanks to all those involved in the project.”

The published works are dedicated to the student’s English teacher Donna Abraham who passed during the writing process.