Join the takahē team

Want to be a part of takahē magazine? We’re currently looking for someone to join our friendly team as Database Administrator.

Our database administrator is responsible for maintaining an Excel database of subscribers, liasing with bookshops, and printing labels for our twice yearly print mailout. They are supported by the treasurer, secretary, and the rest of the board who meet four times a year and are in active communication year round. Willingness to create and manage an e-mail subscriber list a bonus.

takahē magazine offers the right volunteer the opportunity to support emerging writers, stay up to date with the New Zealand literary scene, and work alongside dedicated and knowledgeable editors.

For more information email Louise Waghorn at la.waghorn@gmail.com

An Apology

As Joint Fiction Editors of takahē, we would like to apologise for the inclusion of L.E. Scott’s work in Issue 91 and for any distress this has caused to our contributors, readers and the Aotearoa New Zealand writing community. takahē does not condone or support violence in any form and we will endeavour to ensure our actions as editors serve to make our artistic communities safe, inclusive and welcoming.

Rachel Smith and Jane Seaford

Marie Le Lievre – our featured artist for Issue 91

Coming very soon….Dr Maria Walls, interdisciplinary fine artist and writer, writes about the work of artist Marie Le Lievre, whose work features on our beautiful front cover.

“There is a flash of live energy, an atmosphere of announcement, which must surely reflect Le Lievre’s own sense of defiance in making such work. These paintings are such essential reductions – intrepid colours, audacious shapes – yet all the elements unite to spawn knotty emotion.”

Charm Lore (Panel) graphite, oil, gesso. ink on wood panel 600 x 600mm

And our guest poet is…..

…Doc Drumheller!

The takahē team have been hard at work over the past couple of months and we are very excited to bring Issue 91 your way in a few weeks time, including new work from poet Doc Drumheller.

Well-known for his performance poetry in Aotearoa and overseas, Doc has worked in award-winning groups for theatre and music and has published 10 collections of poetry. He lives in Oxford, where he edits and publishes the literary journal Catalyst.

Here’s what he has to say about his new work in takahē – “Travel inspires many of my poems and these were all composed in pocket notebooks while I visited Sofia, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City and Guanajuato, during several poetry tours with performances at international poetry festivals, conferences, and cultural events. ”

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A tempter for Issue 91

Issue 91 is coming your way soon and we are very pleased to include an essay by Alie Benge, a winner in this years Landfall Essay Competition

Here’s what judge, David Eggleton had to say about Alie’s winning essay.

“Alie Benge’s essay, ‘Shitfight’, which is about raw army recruits in Australia being prepared for a theatre of war in the Middle East, has a physicality and dynamic urgency to it that stopped me in my tracks,” says Eggleton.

Tempted to read more – not long now.