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Season's greetings to all Haiku NewZ readers, near and far - and best wishes for a good start to 2014.
Hard to believe that we're at the end of another year already. This is the seventh year that Haiku NewZ has been bringing you news, information and articles about haiku and its related forms. As I'm likely to be away from my desk (any desk) around about January 1 there may not be the usual updates, although I will refresh the competitions and submissions listings as information comes to hand and my summer holiday allows.
Out-of-country readers may be interested to know that the photos this month is of a pohutukawa flower, often also known as "the New Zealand Christmas tree". The tree's natural habitat is the coastline and the leaves have tiny hairs on them to filter salt spray. Apparently the honey from pohutukawa flowers tastes slightly salty, although I can't vouch for that myself. The name, by the way, is pronounced roughly as po (as in po-faced) - hoot - oo (as in moon)- car- wah. You can read more about these trees here and here and find out some interesting facts about the trees here.
This month, for the very first time, we have reviewed a book before it is even off the presses! Vanessa Proctor shares her thoughts on John Carley's forthcoming Renku Reckoner on the Reviews page.
The article is by Sandra Simpson and Sophia Frentz and stems from their joint presentation at Haiku North America in August. Something a little bit different to end the year with and we hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to all those who have helped out by supplying information, articles, reviews, and their favourite haiku over the past 12 months. 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, have a book for review or generally have something to say about haiku and its related forms, please feel free to get in touch.
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