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Photo: Sandra Simpson
Thanks to the people who got in touch to say thanks for 10 years of Haiku NewZ (the birthday was some time in July but I only realised in August that the milestone had been reached). Haiku NewZ will, I hope, continue to be useful and relevant so if you have anything that you'd like to see on these pages, anything that you'd like to see refreshed or rejuvenated, please do get in touch.
The photo this month is of a young pied shag (cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius or karuhiruhi) and was taken on the base track of Mauao at Mount Maunganui. There is a well-established nesting colony in pohutukawa trees above a corner of the track and when there are young in the nests it will be the noise that makes you look up (although a couple of people looked up to see what I was taking photos of and claimed not to have known the colony was there even though they walk the track weekly). Apparently one-third of the world's shag species are found in New Zealand. Funny, to me anyway, to see a water bird perched in a tree but I have also seen them nesting in pine trees in a park high above an estuarine stream in an industrial area of Tauranga so they get around.
The Contest listings have been updated - there are some December listings there so the end of the year is approaching us rapidly and under Haiku Happenings there is a note that the Janice M Bostok Haiku Award will not be reappearing this year. Also go to Haiku Happenings to read a note about the passing of Welsh writer and editor Ken Jones. This month's article is by Karen Cesar and offers some ideas on how to complete a solo renku (in this case, a shisan).
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