Caroline Teague: Poetry Showcase

Thursday May 23rd, 6pm, Wardini Books NAPIER


Motif Poetry are back in the bay for a special evening of spoken word at the wonderful Wardini Bookshop in Napier.

Join your host, UK Slam Champion Sara Hirsch for a curated open mic featuring an array of brilliant local poets followed by the fantastic British poet/musician Caroline Teague (Caroline Smiling).

This is Caroline's ONLY HAWKE'S BAY gig during their month long visit to New Zealand and they are not one to miss.

Tickets are just $10 on the door and we will provide cups of tea and warming words to keep the cold out.

These gigs usually fill up fast, and with limited seating we recommend turning up early to grab a spot.

The venue is fully accessible and the event is family friendly but perfect for anyone 14 and over.

Doors at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Caroline Teague is a London born and bred poet writing pieces on grief, identity and how they comes to terms with some harrowing realities of being human and being alive, in a style they call ‘tragic optimism’ hoping that the honesty through their writing can translate into something positive and comforting for someone else.

Creator of the musical project “Caroline Smiling” which blends music, spoken word and illustration to creatively communicate ideas around mental health and queer identity. Caroline was the international guest at the 2018 Portugal Slam in Lisbon in October 2018 and the poet in residence at the Stanza poetry festival in St. Andrews, Scotland in March 2019, continuing to perform their work regularly at poetry and literary events across the UK.

They also curate London’s only regular 3-round Slam, Genesis Poetry Slam, and is an artist-in-residence at the Vauxhall-based queer cabaret night Bar Wotever, with their first poetry collection coming out with Burning Eye Books in Autumn 2019.

Billion Dollar Bonfire: author talk

2pm, Tuesday 4 June, Napier Sailing Club



About the book

The collapse of South Canterbury Finance (SCF) is one of the biggest New Zealand stories of the last decade. The sweep of events, from Timaru to the Beehive, include some of the most revealing moments on issues critical to this country everything from poor governance and systemic issues in the finance sector, through to the structural risks this exposed and the costs it ultimately presented to all New Zealanders. There has not yet been a book that has attempted to tell this story, certainly not one from an ‘insider’ perspective. The Billion Dollar Bonfire by Chris Lee will be the first book to do both these things.

Chris tells this fascinating story as both a long-standing New Zealand financial advisor and a protagonist in the narrative. As he writes in the opening chapter, he knew Alan Hubbard personally and, from the late 1990s, had clients invest with SCF. His main motivation for writing the book, made explicit throughout, is his overriding concern that this could all happen again without significant changes to our law and the culture of the capital markets industry. The book is underpinned by substantial research: thousands of documents including new material from OIAs and other sources and interviews, both public and anonymous, with many of the key figures.

About the author

Chris Lee is a veteran in capital markets, his career spanning five decades, involving investment banking, moneylending, securities trading, portfolio management, sharebroking and financial advice. He held an executive management position in General Finance Limited in the early 1980s when it was a large finance house owned by the National Bank of New Zealand. His knowledge of the finance company sector is deep. In 1985 he formed his own sharebroking and financial advisory business. Today it has six advisers, four partners, five administrative staff and branches in Paraparaumu Beach and Timaru.