On this day, 15 March, we remember the events of one year ago in Christchurch and honour the memory of those who died. It seems a fitting day that we announce the publication of a new volume that was born in the wake of this tragedy.
Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand will be published by Otago University Press in August 2020.
The starting point for the anthology was the statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the March Christchurch attacks: ‘Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it…we will not, and cannot, be shaken by this attack.’
The book includes prose, poetry and visual art that explores, investigates or interrogates life in contemporary New Zealand. A celebration, yes, but also an examination of who we are, with young voices new to publication and well-known poets, storytellers and essayists such as Selina Tusitala Marsh, Apirana Taylor, Tusiata Avia, Mohamed Hassan, Alison Wong, Donna Miles-Mojab, David Eggleton and more, plus artwork from Yuki Kihara, Nigel Brown, Barry Cleavin, Bridget Reweti, Sabine Poppe, Zulfirman Syah and others.
The editors thank everyone who submitted. We received a wide range of wonderfully crafted responses to the call for submissions, from Kerikeri to Bluff. Some were teenagers still at school; some were in their 80s. Most lived in New Zealand; some were New Zealanders currently living overseas. Submissions roamed from a Chinese restaurant in Christchurch to a fruit-packing factory in Opōtiki to a cemetery under Grafton Bridge in Auckland to a high school in Hastings, and from London to Finland to Vienna to Iran.
The editors also thank the team of consulting editors, without whom we would not have discovered such rich content.
We are looking forward to seeing this volume in August, with thanks to Otago University Press and Creative New Zealand.
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