Bay of Plenty gifts the Queen Mary: kiwi, kowhai, koauau, kokako! fruit, flower, flute and bird!!

One of my happy memories as a child was my Dad, (who was by the way also a roving “reporter”) singing to me: K-k-k-Kathy you’re the only ggggirl that I adore. Now, encountering the beautiful, intriguing K words of New Zealand I feel right in tune
The three poets of New Zealand sing with delight about the Kowhai, dangling very yellow tree flowers, kiwi, which many of us love, we publish our work happily in the fine journal Kokako from New Zealand, and Rick as a new flute! The kuauau, especially for our reading!

The  koauau, a new flute in Ric's collection, inspired by the Regional Reading

The koauau, a new flute in Rick’s collection, inspired by the Regional Reading

We will be welcoming three beautiful poets from New Zealand to HNA in Long Beach CA
And their poems speak their beauty:

Sophia Frenz
Touranga, New Zealand

new moon
the kowhai
more yellow

(Kowhai are small, woody legume trees native to New Zealand.
The name kōwhai comes from the Māori word for yellow—a reference to the colour of the flower.)

Sandra Simpson
Touranga, New Zealand

digging for toheroa—
my grandmother’s hands
faster than mine

(When I was a child I would accompany my mother and grandmother to dig for toheroa shellfish during the permitted season. The large bivalves left identifying airholes on the low-tide sand and we would dig …. fast. My child-size hands were rarely big enough or fast enough to reach the delicacy before it burrowed deeper. My grandmother’s hands weren’t much bigger, but were heaps faster! In those days (the ‘60s) we could take 20 toheroa per adult per day for a 2-month season. However, most of New Zealand has not a toheroa season for decades. At home we put them in buckets of fresh water clean them, opened the tough shells, removed the tongue, minced it and made toheroa fritters. Delicious.)

Rick says, about the flute for this region:”

“Poets from the New Zealand contingent will be accompanied
with a koauau, a type of flute I had never heard of a month
ago. It is the most common flute of the Maori culture
in New Zealand and is of great antiquity. This one was
just made by Brian Flintoff of Monaco, Nelson, NZ.

The koauau is a small rim-blown flute (this one is seven
inches long), normally with three small finger holes. It
is made of bone or wood (this one is matai wood) and is often
engraved in the Maori style. It has a haunting (high pitched)
sound, at times a bit reminiscent of an ocarina.”

Kowhai Flowers, New Zealnd

Kowhai Flowers, N[caption id="attachment_910" align="alignnone" width="300"]Digging for Toheroa as in Sandra Simpson's poem Digging for Toheroa as in Sandra Simpson’s poe[caption id="attachment_911" align="alignnone" width="225"]New Zealand Journal we love, Kokako New Zealand Journal we love, Kokako

Kokao wings spread Kokakao wings spread

beehives
beneath kiwifruit vines
the white half moon
The beehives haiku was published on The haiku Foundaation’s Per Diem page during April 2012. Also in Kokako 14 April 2011
(Region is Katikati, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand, a kiwifruit growing region. The beehives are delivered to the orchard in Spring. Bud break is the start of the kiwifruit season and occurs in September. The leaves open first and then we the flowers develop and when about 10% of the flowers are open the bees are brought in. usually mid October. Of course, during this time the last thing orchardists want is frost, and it is a very real threat.)

One surprising result already of this conference, and work on the Regional Reading is learning about the plants and animals of each region, and New Zealand is especaily known for its natural beauty.

Tomorrow we will look into Australia and some of the beautiful haiga that will be a part of our Haiga Art Show, but for now we can live alound with this surpring beauty
Margaret Beverland from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand invokes the kiwi vines
we find we can keep both detailed knowledge and poetic mystery poised in our delight in The Bay of Plenty!

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Poet creator, organizer of Tanka Poets on Site, Haiku Kathabela, Poets on Site, Caltech, Red Door Poets, Haiku Tid-Bits (fb) Experiment in Submission a Day (fb) Afternoon Tanka Party (fb) Poetry Quack Quarks (fb) secretary Tanka Society of America, member Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern CA, world travels and music/poetic performance (with my husband Rick Wilson on flutes of the world)

2 thoughts on “Bay of Plenty gifts the Queen Mary: kiwi, kowhai, koauau, kokako! fruit, flower, flute and bird!!

  1. Richard Gilbert will be in Mineral Point, WI, Sunday, August 11 (too many commas) to discuss his new book. 2 PM. The Foundry Books. If you can’t make it to HNA, come to Mineral Point this Sunday.

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