I am probably the worst updater of my website possible, but I don’t forget it, I just don’t have much time (or a secretary) to do it. HOWEVER, I am continually writing and the latest thing is my stage play When Piwakawaka Fly. It’s a musical, based on the life of 19th century Maori suffragist Meri Te Tai Mangakahia. Meri was from the Hokianga, a far northern part of Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the only recorded Maori woman to speak to Te Kotahitanga (the Maori Parliament) in favour of women having the vote, and being MPs. Writing about any “famous” member of a Maori tribe requires (for its success) the approval of that tribe or whanau. As the play largely deals with Meri’s early life, I have been in conversation with the Te Tai whanau, with good success so far. More later — I do promise (hopefully) to post more regularly.