Come and join us from June 15-17 in Tauranga, New Zealand

September 25: A report on the HFA appears in the October edition of the Lynx online journal, read it here.

And a report and photos will be appearing the December edition of the online journal A Hundred Gourds. I will add a link when it appears.

The original report on Haiku NewZ will remain in place permanently.

We’d like to thank the editors of these journals and websites for their interest in the event.

June 18: We did it!

Thanks to our funders – Legacy Trust, Tauranga Rotary and Creative Communities (Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City); our financial donors – Windrift Haiku Group (Wellington) and Small White Teapot Group (Christchurch); and our in-kind donor – Kale Print (notepads for delegates).

We would also like to thank Mary Parkinson (flowers), Karen Shirley of MyAura for the gift packs of soap for the delegates, Greerton Motor Inn and its hard-working staff, GoBus Tauranga (what a neat man the driver was), Keith Frentz for his volunteer assistance on Saturday and our magnificent tutors – Owen Bullock, Beverley George, Jim Kacian, Lawrence Marceau and Sandra Simpson.

When we closed the conference we paid our dues to the organisers of the first one, Nola Borrell, Karen Peterson Butterworth, who were both present, and the late Jeanette Stace. Their idea, efforts and delivery have set the standard for everything that has followed – including the Haiku NewZ website which came out of that first HFA in Wellington (2005).

The Christchurch delegates to that conference were so inspired they volunteered to host the next. The four Western Bay poets who were in the Garden City in 2008 recognised that we might have one here … and so it has come to pass.

With any luck, someone sitting in the conference room yesterday got that same twinkle in their eye.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported HFA 2012,

Margaret Beverland & Sandra Simpson,

June 13: A final meeting between the organisers yesterday and, apart from the final push to have everything ready for the arriving delegates, we reckon we’re just about there … and then comes a (very) late appeal for registration! All good.

Putting the delegate packs together has been fun and it has been good to use products from a local one-woman business as a welcome gift. (I’ll reveal the name after the event so the surprise isn’t spoiled.)

Lots and lots of lists …

May 28: Am beginning to put the delegate packs together – this is getting exciting!

May 21: Sorry there hasn’t been a news posting of late – we’ve both been a bit busy! Rest assured, that all is going well and we look forward to welcoming delegates to HFA 2012 in Tauranga … in less than a month!

March 22: We have received the final piece needed to complete the funding jigsaw. Thanks to the Creative Communities Scheme, administered by Creative Tauranga on behalf of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils.

March 13: Please note that both festival organisers will be uncontactable between April 1 and 15, inclusive. So if you have any questions, please ask sooner rather than later. We both promise to be back on board on April 16, jet lag be damned!

February 27: We’ve decided to extend the cut-off date for live-in registration to March 15, as we know there are a few people still humming and hawing.

February 23: With registrations still rolling in, we are very pleased to announce that we have three Australians making the trip across the ditch especially for the festival. The latest to sign up is Cynthia Rowe, president of the Haiku Society of Australia (HaikuOz).

February 12: We would like to remind those planning to attend the festival as live-in delegates that a deposite is due by February 29. Please go to the registration page for full details.

We submitted what we hope will be our final funding application on Friday. Fingers crossed, everyone!

January 31: Unfortunately, workshop tutor Tony Beyer has had to withdraw from the festival … but Beverley George, editor of Eucalypt tanka journal, is stepping into his place and will take a workshop on tanka. Beverley is a past president of Haiku Oz and an award-winning poet. We are very fortunate to have her join the festival’s line-up.

Please see the Programme page for full details, including a short bio of Beverley.

Original post: The third Haiku Festival Aotearoa will take place at the Greerton Motor Inn (Tauranga RSA) and includes workshops, master classes, a visit to the Katikati Haiku pathway and an open mike event on the Saturday evening.

Tutors include Jim Kacian from the US, Owen Bullock, Dr Lawrence Marceau (Auckland University) and Tony Beyer.

Registration for the HFA is $80 to attend all sessions on both days and includes the bus trip to Katikati. Half-day registration is $22. The organisers are pleased to be able to hold the registration prices at the 2008 level.

For day visitors the full-day registration fee includes morning and afternoon teas (add on $14 each day for lunch). For half-day visitors the registration fee includes a morning/afternoon tea. (To stay for lunch, add on $14.)

The options for accommodation and meals range from $210 to $168. All accommodation is on a shared basis, either twin (double) or triple. A supplement will apply to anyone booking a room for single occupancy.

If intending to live in please send a deposit of $100 by March 15 (details on the Registration Form). Please note that refunds can not be made for cancellations made on or after May 15. Full payment is due (registration, accommodation, meals) on May 15.

Programme Overview

For the full programme and tutor profiles, see the Programme page.

June 15: Registration, welcome and keynote address (from 5pm).
June 16: Master class with Jim Kacian (all participants); choose 1 of 2 workshop options; bus trip to Katikati Haiku Pathway; evening event including an open mike (full day).
June 17: Choose 1 of 2 workshop options; master class with Jim Kacian (all participants); panel discussion; farewell (to 12.45pm).

Saturday workshop options (either): Haiku as Performance with Owen Bullock or Haiku, Haibun & Everyday Things with Dr Lawrence Marceau.

Sunday workshop options (either): Introduction to Renku with Sandra Simpson or Tanka with Beverley George.

Master class topics are haiku and haibun. The master classes will be suitable for all, from beginner to advanced.

For more information please email Sandra.

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