About Us



Art and Essays

Andrew Paul Wood is an art and cultural historian and critic. He writes for Art News, Sydney Review of Books, New Zealand Books and EyeContact among others. His recent books include, with Friedrich Voit, a translated selected poems of the German-Jewish refugee poet Karl Wolfskehl, Three Worlds / Drei Welten (Cold Hub Press 2016), and Dunediniad: A Psychogeographical Ode to Dunedin (Kilmog Press 2018). He is currently researching the social history of the pavlova. 

Contact: art@takahe.org.nz or essays@takahe.org.nz


Gail Ingram is joint poetry editor. She is author of Contents Under Pressure (Pūkeko Publications 2019), a novella told in poetry. Her poetry and short stories have also appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Blue Five Notebook, Flash Frontier, Cordite Poetry Review and Manifesto. Awards include winner of New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry competition and Third Prize Poets Meet Politics International Poetry Competition (U.K.). She is Associate Editor for Flash Frontier, a member of South Island Writers and also a teacher at the School for Young Writers in Christchurch. She holds a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing from Massey University. https://www.theseventhletter.nz/

Contact: poetry@takahe.org.nz


Dr Jeni Curtis is joint poetry editor. She is a Christchurch writer who has had short stories and poetry published in various publications including takahē, NZPS anthologies 2014 to 2018, JAAM, Atlanta ReviewThe London Grip, and the Poetry NZ Yearbook. With a doctorate in English literature, she has forty years of teaching experience both at secondary and tertiary levels. She is a graduate of the Hagley Writers Institute (2011-2012) coming second in the class of 2011. In 2016 she received a mentorship from the New Zealand Society of Authors to put together a collection of poems. She is secretary of the Canterbury Poets Collective, and editor of the Christchurch Dickens Fellowship magazine Dickens Down Under. She is also the chairperson for takahē.

Contact: poetry@takahe.org.nz


Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor based in New Zealand, currently completing a circumnavigation aboard her sailboat, Momo. She edits at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and Blue Five Notebook, and is Assistant Editor for the Best Small Fictions series. She also chairs New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day. In 2018, she edited, with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (CUP). Her poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published, most recently in The Feminine Divine (2019), New Micro (2018), Ofi Press (2018), Manifesto: 101 Political Poems from Aotearoa New Zealand (2017) and Borderlands & Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (2016).  michelleelvy.com

Contact: reviews@takahe.org.nz


Zoë Meager is a writer, editor, and creative writing teacher from Ōtautahi. There’s more about her work at zoemeager.com.

Contact: fiction@takahe.org.nz and takahe_magazine on Instagram


Takahē Collective Trust – Board and Associates

Board Chair Person

Dr. Jeni Curtis is the chair person of the takahē board. She is a Christchurch writer, poet, and has a doctorate in English Literature. A graduate of the Hagley Writers Institute (2011-2012) and secretary of the Canterbury Poets Collective, she is editor of the Christchurch Dickens Fellowship magazine Dickens Down Under. She is also one of the poetry editors for takahē.

Contact: chair@takahe.org.nz


Board Secretary

Kaye Gilhooley is based in Christchurch. Her work has appeared in Flash Frontier and X-Ray Literary Magazine and, of course, takahē. She lives by the beautiful Opawaho River at the foot of the Port Hills, watching dogs and their walkers pass by every day. She hankers after a dog of her own.

Contact: secretary@takahe.org.nz


Jane SeafordJane Seaford
is the Competitions Secretary. Her novels The Insides of Banana Skins and Archie’s Daughter and her short story collection Dead is Dead and Other Stories have received excellent reviews. Several of Jane’s stories have been placed, highly commended or short-listed in international competitions. Many have appeared in anthologies or magazines. Others have been broadcast. As a freelance journalist, she had a column in a magazine called Bonjour and sold pieces to the Guardian, the Independent and other British publications. Her website is janeseaford.com

Contact: comps@takahe.org.nz


Shannon Beynon is a creative writer, communications consultant, ex-journalist and newspaper editor, and the takahē Collective’s database administrator. She also looks after the magazine layout. 


Maurice Lye is a freelance photographer and graphics designer with numerous exhibitions to his name, and is responsible for the layout of artwork in the print magazine.


Sally Carroll writes short stories with a flavour of mystery. She is a member of the South Island Writer’s Association which is a great group of writers who encourage each other to improve their writing skills. Sally has a background in economics and is a company director. In her spare time she likes to play golf when the weather is friendly.

Contact: accounts@takahe.org.nz

Associate (and Twitter Maestro)

Erik KennedyErik Kennedy is the author of Twenty-Six Factitions (Cold Hub Press, 2017) and There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (Victoria University Press, 2018). He lives in Christchurch.

takahē’s Twitter is @takahemagazine.

Web Master

Brad McNeur is a computer graduate from CPIT with a bachelor’s degree specializing in programming. Currently, he is responsible for updating and managing the takahe website.

Contact: web@takahe.org.nz


For general administration enquiries: secretary@takahe.org.nz
For subscription and accounts enquiries: accounts@takahe.org.nz
For competition enquiries: comps@takahe.org.nz
To report broken links or website issues: web@takahe.org.nz
For all submissions enquiries, see our submissions guidelines and contact the relevant editor.

Our postal address:

takahē Magazine
PO Box 13-335
Christchurch 8141
New Zealand


Microfilm Digital Print are a Christchurch-based printing company, and have a longstanding relationship with takahē magazine. We cannot speak too highly of them.