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    December 2016                                                              

While my friend above may not be a partridge in a pear tree (it's a kereru, or woodpigeon, in a pigeonwood tree, Hedycarya arborea) it is my happy task to wish all Haiku NewZ readers, near and far, a very merry Christmas and the happiest of new years.

As you may be aware since November 14 parts of New Zealand have been affected by - and continue to be affected by - strong earthquakes and their aftermath. Our thoughts go out to those for whom this summer won't be a chance to relax and wind down.

Don't be surprised if there isn't a major refresh for January, although I will update the Contest listing as information comes to hand, plus anything else of importance will drop into Haiku Happenings.

This month's article comes from Deborah Kolodji and tackles the subject of ‘haiku literacy'. Although the points made apply primarily to journals in the US, the lessons will be the same everywhere. A good one to print out and mull on over the summer.

If you'd like, pop over to my haiku blog breath and/or read about some of my garden encounters at Sandra's Garden

Thanks, as always, 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.

- Sandra