Author(s): Helen Margaret Waaka
Beneath a range of mountains lies the rural town of Waitapu. Here, sisters Ruby and Rowena reconnect, Mereata feels her tipuna like a breath on the back of her neck and Harriet goes missing from the rest home. With a cast of lively characters, this collection of 18 short stories cracks open the image of rural tranquillity, to reveal the heartbreak and kindness of everyday lives.
Helen Waaka was the winner of the 2011 Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. With this collection she asserts herself as a perceptive and compelling story teller.
'Unpretentious, sensitive, accessible, this collection of inter-related short stories brings into your emotional world the imaginary community of Waitapu, with its varied and compelling characters trying to navigate and survive the sometimes harrowing circumstances their lives present. Waitapu will live with me for a long time.' --Albert Wendt Booknotes Unbound
Helen Waaka, Ngati Whatua, Nga Puhi, Ngati Torehina, has a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. She also has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Women's Health. She currently works as a nurse in Hawke's Bay. In 2011 she was the winner of the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English, and in 2013 she received a Highly Commended Award in the Pikihuia Novel Extract Written in English category. Helen's novel extract 'Eyes of God' was shortlisted by judge Witi Ihimaera for the 2015 Pikihuia Award for Best Novel Extract Written in English and will be published in Huia Short Stories 11.
Eva 9; Life's too short 23; Katherine 35; Stranger's smile 41; King of the castle 51; Paradigm shift 63; The pool 79; The stroke 89; Tane 101; Staying alive 113; Something important 125; Hineraumati 137; Autumn 145; A place to stand 149; The tawhai boy 159; A sense of belonging 169; Snapshot of a woman 181; Waitapu 189