Te Karaka Lodge Retreat Team

Te Karaka Lodge Retreat will be taught be award-winning writer and teacher Paula Morris.

Teaching Writer

Paula Morris

Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning novelist, story writer and essayist from Auckland. Her books include the novel Rangatira (Penguin 2011); False River (Penguin, 2017), a collection of essays and stories; and Shining Land (Massey University Press, 2020), a collaboration with photographer Haru Sameshima about the writer Robin Hyde. She is the editor of the Hiwa: Contemporary Māori Short Stories (Auckland University Press, 2023) and a co-editor (with Alison Wong) of A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2021).

Paula is an associate professor at the University of Auckland, where she is the director of the Master of Creative Writing. She has mentored writers through the NZSA and the Te Papa Tupu Māori Writers Incubator, and also teaches writing at festivals, schools, universities, and community programmes in New Zealand and overseas. Paula has been awarded numerous international residencies, and in 2019 was the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow. She edits the Aotearoa NZ Review of Books, and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature and Wharerangi, the online Māori literature hub.

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Kirsten Le Harivel

Kirsten Le Harivel

Kirsten Le Harivel is a poet and fiction writer based on the Kāpiti Coast of Aotearoa. Her debut poetry collection Shelter came out in 2021 with The Cuba Press. She has published work in journals such as Sport, Turbine: Kapohau, Snorkel and The 4th Floor.

She works in the creative writing sector, curating and programming creative writing courses, workshops and retreats in-person and online. She is the founder of Writers Practice, set up to provide craft, community and conversation for writers across Aotearoa through a range of retreats, workshops, journal and other learning opportunities. She also programs professional development events for the New Zealand Society of Authors including live web workshops, online learning and in-person conferences. She grew up in Scotland to English, French and Scottish parents and moved to Aotearoa as a teenager.


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