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February 2016                                                                              

                                                                                                                                    Photo: Sandra Simpson  

Hope you've all had an enjoyable Christmas and a sterling start to the new year - and that the relentless heat and humidity at the end of January (thanks to tropical cyclone Victor) hasn't been affecting your poetry output.

Haiku NewZ is getting its first proper update for the year, although I have been adding things off and on as they've come through over the past month. Lynne Rees is the author of this month's article, exploring the minimalist ethos of haiku. For the sake of having everything in one place I have created an Events list under Haiku Happenings that covers things happening in New Zealand and around the world. Also note on that page in the entry about Robert Epstein's latest anthology that there is now an e-book version available, a much cheaper purchase for people living outside the US (and thanks to Elaine Riddell for planting the seed with Robert).

The Competition listings have been updated to mid-April.

Our photo this month is of a yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho), taken at the Otago sanctuary at this time of the year a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, we heard later that almost all the chicks we'd seen had died, believed to have been hit by a toxin in the water. The trust that runs the nesting sanctuary is upset and puzzled by the drop in penguin numbers it's seeing - from 30 nests six years ago to just five this summer. Read more about the trust and the worrying decline in yellow-eyed penguin numbers. This is one of the world's rarest penguin species and features on the reverse of New Zealand's $5 note.

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- Sandra