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April 2014                                       

It is with great sadness that I report that the body of Martin Lucas, long-time editor of Presence journal, has been found at a beach in Lancashire in northwest England. Please see Haiku Happenings for further details.

This month's photo is of a tagged monarch butterfly. If you should see a butterfly with a tag, please use the contact details on the tage to record where your butterfly was found/seen. So far, the longest recorded flight in New Zealand has been from Turangi (central North Island) to north of Whangarei (far north of the North Island). The tags do not affect or damage the butterfly.

Patricia Machmiller of California is in the spotlight this month, providing both a selection of her Favourite Haiku and the monthly article, on form in English-language haiku. The Contest listings have been refreshed - don't forget to enter the NZPS haiku contest - and include the new closing dates for the Haiku Society of America contests, July 31 this year, instead of August 31.

Thanks to those who supply information, articles and their favourite haiku - Haiku NewZ wouldn't be the same without you and I appreciate the effort everyone puts in on behalf of this website. Thanks also to Signify, our website host, and the New Zealand Poetry Society for giving us the space on its site - free of charge.

If you'd be good enough to consider joining the NZPS, it would be a small repayment for the hosting and support that we receive out of kindness. For those within New Zealand, your membership fees are tax deductible, as is any donation you make over the top of the annual sub. Read more about joining and membership benefits here, including how to join if you live outside New Zealand.

If you'd like to recommend an article, offer to write something for these pages, or generally have something to say about haiku and its related forms, please feel free to get in touch.

And don't forget to have a look at my other web venture, Sandra's Garden. If you like it, please be sure to share it with your friends.

- Sandra