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IF YOU’RE A POET WE WANT TO KNOW IT!

Kapiti — Haiku

Volume 5


Kapiti Coast District Libraries

Annual Poetry Competition 2017


Poems © contributors

Preface, selection and cover design © Kapiti Coast District Council


Haiku published in this volume are the original work of the individual authors and are reproduced here as they were submitted with the exception of minor formatting changes.


This book is copyright. Apart from fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior permission of the publisher.


ePub Edition

All rights reserved.

ISSN 2463-3690


First published 2017

Kapiti Coast District Council

175 Rimu Road

Private Bag 60601

Paraparaumu 5254


CONTENTS

Preface

Haiku by Adults

Steve Aiken

Jane Anderson

Marjorie Ann Arnold

Pamela Barnes

Merilyn Bartholomew

Julie Burns

Susan Elizabeth Byford (1st Place—Adult Category)

Laura Cornell

Anne Delamore

Judy Dickie

Ian Dodds

Nicola Easthope (Honourable Mention)

Becky Ellen-Johnson

John Ewen (3rd Place—Adult Category)

Elizabeth Farris

William Robert Gasson

Harold (Hal) Gimpelson

Trish Gregory

Fiona Hay

Joanne Knudsen

Bill Lennox

Adrian Lumsden

Carol Markwell

Norma McCallum (Honourable Mention)

Simon McCrone

Patricia Munro

Doreen Jane Needham

Jude Parrett

Karen Peterson Butterworth (Honourable Mention)

Tony Pritchard

Deanna Pugsley

Lorraine Rigg

Julie Roberts

Jay Rountree

Cherllisha Silva

Linda Stone

Sarah Stone

Tarsha Te Rure

Hanne van Beek

Lesley Watkins

Mercedes Webb-Pullman (2nd Place—Adult Category)

Susan Worthington

Sonia Young


Haiku by Teens

Jacob Davies

Logan Kendall

Ella Kirby (2nd & 3rd Place—Teen Category)

Peter Lang

Ruby McKenzie

Oak Roberts

Henry Taggart

Saskia Young (1st Place—Teen Category)


Haiku by Children

Harrison Adams

Amaya (1st and 3rd Place—Category)

Eva Anderson

Aimee Batchelor

Elsa May Blyth

Deacon Boyd

Rachel Judith Brownie

Zachary James Bustin

Molly Dalzell

Keagan Davidson (2nd Place—Child Category)

Abigail Davies

Lilly Grace de Kort

Hollie Evans

Georgia Grant

Olivia Alison Groube

Charlie Harris

Emily Harvey

Koru Hawkins

Ra Hawkins

Aimee Hosking

Maddison Hoult James

Tyler Johnson

Dominic Jurgensen

Trinity Jurgensen

Cormack Kirkaldy

Finnegan Kirkaldy

Mac Kirkaldy

Jesse Mary Knudsen

John Brian Knudsen

Josie Lewis

Reese Lines

Charlise Jane McKenzie

Charlotte McKenzie

Georgia McKenzie

Tishkin McKenzie-McEvoy

Vinnie Mence

Sienna Mitchinson

Isabella Mulheron

Stella Kate Murphy

Tayla Phillips

Matt Prentice

Vicky Preston and Caitlin Proctor

Alana Reardon

Harrison Saunders

Logan Charles Sharp

Darcie Skidmore-Stone

Kaiarahi Smith

James Spencer

Isabella Stone

Torrin Story

Tyra Rose Tra

Simaima Vaka

Abbigail Beth Viner

Zepplin Waite

Alannah Ward

Emma-Lee Whittaker

Aimee Williams

Katherine Williams

Elliot Fearnan Yaxley

Ayrton Da-Vinci Young

Jenson Aaron Young

Lara Zampese


Preface

The fifth annual Kāpiti Coast District Libraries poetry contest – If You’re a Poet, We Want to Know It -- invited poets to submit up to three haiku. Haiku is a traditional short Japanese poetry form which has enjoyed popularity around the world.


Local author Karen Peterson Butterworth describes the process of writing haiku this way: “Haiku is often described as one breath. A haiku moment can occur when you observe two things happening together and make a connection in your mind. To make a haiku, you simply write down what you saw, heard, smelled or touched in plain language. The next step is to trim your haiku to the bare essentials”.


The theme of this year’s contest was Kāpiti – anything about Kāpiti or living in Kāpiti. We invited poets to freely interpret this theme, whether about people the poet knows in the community, familiar places or how Kāpiti makes the poet feel.


We were delighted with the range of subjects in the haiku submitted, anything from the island itself, familiar landmarks and area roads, to the nature of living in the Kāpiti area.


You’ll find in this volume the over 100 haiku submitted across each of three age groups:


Children – age 6-12

Teens – age 13-18

Adults – age 19 and older


As in previous years, we are providing the book in print and as an eBook. Thanks are due to our digital services, community programmes, youth services and heritage and Māori teams, who together coordinated and judged the contest and open mic readings, and prepared the book for publication both in print and electronically.


We hope you enjoy reading your own poems here, as well as those of your fellow Kāpiti area writers.


suddenly you light

and as suddenly go dark …

fellow-firefly


--Chine-Jo


Jane George

Team Leader Paraparaumu Library

Kapiti Coast District Libraries


Juana Kelsen

Community Programmes Coordinator

Kapiti Coast District Libraries



Developmental Myopia


Opportunities

sliding away, our specialness

gasping by the sea


A day in the life of Kapiti


Sunrises courting life

Bible belt a notch to tight

Sunsets cooking meth


Microclimate


A few more degrees

Warmer than the Capital

But not so clever



Steve Aiken




Summertime at the Beach


birds trilling,

blue sky filled with long white clouds,

golden sand meeting the sea shore


New life


koru unfolding

new life growing vibrantly

green shoots in the wet


Winter


Dark chilly nights,

Wind and frost and little eyes glow,

Matariki rise



Jane Anderson



After the wait


announcing freedom

a Kapiti dog walking

on a summer's day


children shriek delight

buckets drop their water load

at Marine garden


Cappuccino time

a muddy paw print lingers

by a used newspaper.



Marjorie Ann Arnold




Kapiti Island


Safe in the arms

Of a watchful Taniwha I roam

On Kapiti Island


Seeking the sea


Our river

a gentle stream or vengeful torrent

Nature decides.


Smile


It matters not where it is given

Pavement, bus stop, station, park or shop

The Kapiti smile is legend!



Pamela Barnes




Framed


Harakeke on the dune

Kapiti Island in the distance

stroke of an artist’s brush


Rhythm


Hum of expressway traffic

floats in through my bathroom window

waves lapping on the sand


Breathtaking


Uphill escarpment walk

Kapiti and South Island below

my insignificance stark



Merilyn Bartholomew





Kapiti Folk


diverse Kapiti united

all in crazy love

with that birded island


Waikanae Morning


intimate clefts revealed

wispy veils lifted

thank you Mr Matanga


Green Parrot Cafe Paekakariki


energised chatter,

sociable buzz

tai chi women have landed



Julie Burns



1st place – adult category


Our lady shines

guiding night travellers

safely home


Through the window

Kapiti ice cream - straight

from hand to mouth


A cold bleak beach

where mussel and scallop shells

colour a grey day



Susan Elizabeth Byford



Kapiti Island Kaleidoscope


Crimson, peach, charcoal,

Faint, bold, dismal, resplendent,

Huge chameleon



Laura Cornell



The Beach


Sand, our penguin eats

Sand dunes, a huge spring tide steals

Sand under happy feet



Anne Delamore



Smell of home


Sand sea lupin harakeke

nourishment to the soul

Turangawaewae - a place of being


Otaki River


red river hue

meets the setting sun

journeys end


Infinity


Glassy sea

merges the horizon

into infinity



Judy Dickie



Expressway


Expressway best way

Soft, sleek undulating

Giving time, easy drives.


Waves to the island


Kapiti curves close

Waves surge, dip, pitch out to her

Dark shadows watching.


Fast airs


Coast winds rock the car

Whispering gusts dance, shimmer

Wind play slowly surges.



Ian Dodds



Honourable Mention


Pāekākāriki Hill Road


Long steaming black eel

coiling beneath bike rubber

flashes switchback teeth


Catch


White fronted tern wings

turn on a thermal current

kahawai clapping


Tuteremoana


Fingers of sunrise

pinch into east-green valleys

flick off summit snow



Nicola Easthope



My Home


Hills whisper my name

Sea and sand sing soft to me

Child of Kapiti.


Coast


Smooth shores are in fact

Ragged fractals without end

Golden, recursive.


Kapiti Island


Sleeping in the waves

Curled form, wrapped in emerald

Birdsong lullaby.



Becky Ellen-Johnson



3rd place – adult category


Kapiti Island

sleeping giant on his side

Do not disturb him.


Low cloud crowns the top

of Kapiti Island our

white haired kaumatua


Kapiti Island

our great whale sheltering us

from the Tasman sea



John Ewen



swimming pool drained dry,

forgotten on a park bench

child's hatful of rain


Valley dream of the

Maungakotukutuku -

shy moa shadow


feather whisp of cloud

gifted by the Tasman Sea

silent on the wind



Elizabeth Farris



Beach Scene


Seagulls soaring

Tuatuas drop

It's lunch time


Otaihunga


The river's high

So too the tide

Sandbags again


A holiday


The platform's bare

The train departs

Ahoy Kapiti



William Robert Gasson



molten bronze sunset

flows over Kapiti's hills

Tasman ignited


softly or loudly

ocean waves highway traffic

friend or foe


clouds of diving birds

churning up calm waters

walked dog gets treats



Harold (Hal) Gimpelson



Morepork


mystical morepork

hypnotized by yellow eyes

I am the pine tree


washed upon the beach

the graveyard of yesterday

still dogs sniff and mark



Trish Gregory



Winter winds

Howling through the trees

Cold earth beneath my feet


Crashing waves

Water splatters my pages

The taste of salt in the air


Autumn leaves

All shades of brown

Scattered upon the ground



Fiona Hay



The Fossicker


Waikanae’s treasure

Eyes search driftwood, seaweed, sand.

For small purple shells.


The Dreamer


Blustering skies call

Sand wraiths stalking me

Eyes stinging. I stand.



Joanne Knudsen



Ruru


ruru ruru through

screaming trucking rumble roar

dawn sleep rurululled



Bill Lennox



Ōtaki Summer Haiku


Cicadas buzzing

Small power tools going hard

Summer's here at last



Adrian Lumsden



spilling out

of the red bucket

whitebait


In the summer rain

the old bach

has its door open


on the beach

our shadows

walk before us



Carol Markwell



Honourable Mention


Hills


Low winter sunlight makes

Folded shadows on the hills.

Hemi Matenga.


Kapiti Homecoming


Driving back, weary,

Curve of bay, far Taranaki

Lights of home at last.


Neighbours


Birds and people nest

Sheltered by hill, shore, island.

Kapiti neighbours.



Norma McCallum



Feeling of Kapiti


Peaceful Kapiti

Relaxing hot cuppa tea

gazing out to sea


Nature of Kapiti


Peaceful Kapiti

Bushy hills, refreshing breeze

Sea full of pipi



Simon McCrone



First Winter Fire


Spiteful old winter

laughs as damp resentful wood

spurns the flames embrace.


Nature's forces


Paekak's wide grey sands

now a distant memory

Erosion triumphs.



Patricia Munro



Kapiti Island!

Come and admire its beauty!

Haven to bird life.



Doreen Jane Needham



Kapiti Island

Place of natural beauty

Home to many birds


Geese graze and swans swim

People picnic at its edge

Lagoon, safe haven


Oyster catchers run

Gulls hover above the shore

Each looking for food



Jude Parrett







Honourable Mention


commuter train

thumbs and voices all in touch

with somewhere else


hemi matenga

stark amidst bright new growth

rimu skeletons


mist lifts from the hills

my friend with dementia

remembers my name



Karen Peterson Butterworth



Sandfly


Black speck, gone then back

A slap, a red stain, a lump —

Days of itchy scratch


Laughing together


Grandchildren giggle

Together we share a grin

I feel warm inside


Sunset


Gulls flock to roost

Still air thick with golden light

Sunset at the beach



Tony Pritchard



Why Kapiti


Living by the sea

Sunsets, sea gulls , waves rolling

Slower pace of life.



Deanna Pugsley



Autumn breathes fire and earth

Dementia between two worlds

Safe in Waikanae


Dementia respite


Butterflies snatch dreams

Meant for Eden


Kapiti Cottage


Minds like dragonflies

flit in chaos

trapped, not vacant.



Lorraine Rigg



A single image

Tara and Rangitane

The Kapiti Coast.


Iron sands glisten

Kapiti Island listens

Matariki dawns.


Hues of blue and green

Swell heart and soul, breathing

Kapiti living.



Julie Roberts



Beauty is within

Paint a beautiful picture

to smile at daily


Aim for the Heavens

Don't give up on ambitions

Grow wisely happily


Live the life you love

smile brightly openly daily

love the life you choose



Jay Rountree



two islands, or clouds

Kapiti lays on Kapiti

nestled in blue


sunlit bluff

more present than the passing coast

winter solstice


generations

while this kohe kohe flowers

that one bears fruit



Cherllisha Silva



A Kapiti Autumn


Trees, Autumn mantel

Reds, browns, oranges, yellow

Seasons change at will.


Autumn's Bounty


It was always thus

Fruit ripened then fallen down

Pleasure in the spoils.


Waikanae River


The weather protests

Her well-worn credence of flow

Now altered by man.



Linda Stone



Farmers Market


Smells from the market

My tummy starts to rumble

Hard to choose just one


Fish & Chips


Fish and Chips Friday

The excitement starts to grow

Unwrap the paper Mmmmm


Kapiti Calls


I see the island

Its familiar shape calms

I am at home here



Sarah Stone



Otaki ahead

Winter's my rear view mirror

Kapiti's sun shines


So cliche

Winter's away

Sunny Otaki


Tick tock the sun strikes

Pedestrian crossing

Peak hour on Main Street



Tarsha Te Rure



Waves beat on the beach.

The answer is a rustle.

Otaki foreshore.



Hanne van Beek



Hills


Bush covered hills

silver, sketched by the watcher,

a fluid creativity.


Island


Island draped in mystery

amidst the clouds that surround it,

the road a watery access.


Breathe


A curtain of rain

salutes a warm summers eve,

the island breathes.



Lesley Watkins



2nd place – adult category


High Tide


eating at the beach

twice a day the waves roll up

for their take-away


Low tide


low tide Kāpiti

terns and oystercatchers write

haiku in wet sand


floating

in the sky

Kāpiti Island



Mercedes Webb-Pullman



Small fantail flitting

Above harakeke flowers

Tiny insects caught


Still silent morning

Beside Kapiti roadside

Gangly Pukeko


Light up the season

Red berries gold foliage

Singing black tui



Susan Worthington



Lucky Me


Standing admiring

Tides turning, sunsets fading

My beautiful view



Sonia Young






Kapiti waters


crashing waves splashing

destroying beach walk pathways

rips pulling you out


Kapiti expressway to Peka Peka


cars zooming along

only takes fifteen minutes

bridges crossing roads


Kapiti Island


covered in green trees

out in the ocean waters

birds high in the sky



Jacob Davies



Hello Kāpiti


Hello Kāpiti

cook me some bacon and eggs

with a nice green sea


Kāpiti chickens


Kāpiti chickens

they help lay my free range eggs

just for my breakfast


About Kāpiti


About Kāpiti

so this is what I have got:

a lovely place



Logan Kendall



2nd place – teen category


Lapping waves convey

delicate driftwood boats as

kayaks upon sea


3rd place – teen category


Summit peers above

early morning mist ambush

Island engulfed


Nikau Palms cushion

precious Punga residents

Deeply rooted valley



Ella Kirby



Writing a haiku

Counting my syllables

Oh damn. I missed one.


Lungs bursting

Muscles working

But the train is gone


The birdsong is interrupted

By the crackle of leaves

You're not alone



Peter Lang



Kāpiti Reo


Pure native beauty

Te Reo - Māori language

Forever in love.



Ruby McKenzie



Waikanae Beach


My Waikanae Beach

Salty sea filling the shores

Sandcastles laughing.


Kapiti Library


Kapiti Library

Seas of books wait quietly

Anticipation.


Southwards Car Museum


Southwards Car Museum

A place for cars and planes

History revealed.



Oak Roberts



Promote Kāpiti


It's not well and good

that no one knows about Kāpiti -

this needs to be changed.


We live in the shadow

We will come out of this shadow -

We will overrun Australia!



Henry Taggart



1st place – teen category


My Kapiti Picture


Immersed in beauty

The landscape like a picture

Chorus of birdsong



Saskia Young



Waikanae Shines


Matariki stars

Shine in the moonlight tonight

Star gazing in June



Harrison Adams


1st place – child category


Windy sunshine


Ocean glittering

our island looming over

picnic cups flying


3rd place – child category


Those Lonely Grey Days


cry of the seagull

foam from the ocean depths

stormy colours churn


Stars


starry sky twinkles

full of secrets and smiles

the world is at peace



Amaya



Beach at Moon Rise


waves crash on the shore,

seagulls cry looking for food,

moon rising on me


Dawn


The morning chorus,

the tui sings in the forest

beautiful colours


Storm


the winds are howling,

birds take cover in the trees,

raindrops falling down



Eva Anderson



Nature


Tui birds sit on the tree,

enjoying their home's rough bark,

they sing with pretty tunes.



Aimee Batchelor



Clouds


the wind howls lonely

the Kapiti rain hail's down

the clouds part open


Sun


sun shines through the clouds

like a curtain of lightness

a pretty rainbow



Elsa May Blyth



Kapiti Island


Great hikes and climbing.

Waves crash on the sandy shore.

Spend time with family



Deacon Boyd



Netball


Netball starting

Parents cheering

1st quarter ends


Netball


Quarters passing

Kids puffed

Half time


Netball


Last quarter

Kids tired

We won



Rachel Judith Brownie



Swimming x1


Swimming strokes

Beating times

Kicking strong

Diving strait


Swimming x2


Scooping water

Bearing teeth

Blood rushing

Muscles straining


Swimming x3


Pool splashing

People cheering

Coming to finish

Getting on podium



Zachary James Bustin



What we hear in Kapiti


Tuis sing sweet songs

Multi-leaves twirling on wind

Waves crash to the shore


What we smell in Kapiti


Smell roses, summer

Sweet pollen on the warm breeze

Salty ocean spray


What we see in Kapiti


Kapiti Island

Reefs bursting with live creatures

Flowers blossom, grow



Molly Dalzell



2nd place – child category


Matariki on the Kapiti Coast


We always eat kai

Pancakes are our treat for tea

Scrumdidlyumptous



Keagan Davidson



Kapiti Island


Kapiti ice cream

Kapiti Islands shadow

over the water


Dragonfly


I fly very fast

with my long body and legs

bright colours flash by



Abigail Davies



Marine Gardens


Fun, fun, fun under the sun,

Run, run, running to the splash pad for some fun,

Yum, yum, yum fish ‘n chips for everyone!


Waikanae Beach


Rush, rush rushing tides

Run, run, running through the sand

Fun, fun, fun for everyone!


Express way


Sniff, sniff, sniffing the petrol fumes,

Look, look, looking at the huge trucks,

Finally we’re there!



Lilly Grace de Kort



Kapiti's Sunset


The blazing orange,

And magnificent yellow.

The suns company


My Backyard


I confront a bee,

Pollen wisping in the air,

Wind tangles my hair


Memories


The butterflies flit,

And the bees are buzzing too!

I also love you!



Hollie Evans



The beautiful birds

Flutter in the morning sun

While chirping softly


The soft, gentle waves

Of the deep, sapphire sea

Where many fish swim


My feet are sinking

Into the smooth, golden sand

Under the bright sun.



Georgia Grant



Happiness juice


candyfloss, sea foam

some clouds as soft as sunshine

my happiness juice


Surfing


salty wind past by

wavy waves tumble twist and turn

I'm flying on waves!



Olivia Alison Groube



Kapiti After Dark


I feel the cool breeze trickle down my face, dancing and twirling freely in the night sky.

Playing joyfully around the stars as they shine down on the dark oily sea.

The moon carves into the darkness

The blood oozes then dissipates through the dark sea.


The darkness crumbles down


When darkness comes.

The sun dives into the sea.

It's rays fade away.



Charlie Harris



When I think of Kapiti


Kapiti, I feel the birds warm wings brush along my cheek,

I feel the soft golden sand between my toes

the cold salt water splash against my face as the sun sets over the horizon.



Emily Harvey



My Kapiti

dancing on the beach

dogs running free in the wind

I love Kapiti



Koru Hawkins




Kapiti Island

you can see with the sunset

shining through the leaves


View of Kapiti

out across the shining sea

the sparkling island



Ra Hawkins



Sun set


beautiful times here in Kapiti

sun setting at dawn

shining stars twinkling above us



Aimee Hosking



Matariki stars


Matariki stars

Shining brightly in the sky

Twinkling all night long



Maddison Hoult James



I am soaring high

I can see specks below me

I am a white cloud



Tyler Johnson



Planting time


Galloping grasslands

The garden lords return

Planting is the season


Weeds


Seeing rubbish is now

Pull its weedy arms out of the ground

The weed enemies are attacking



Dominic Jurgensen



Animal Skies


A flock of starlings

And a great golden lion

Portray night and day


Jandals and ice-cream

Bare feet galore

All day everyday no matter the season


I flee the night

Awaken dawn and new beginnings

Oh, daring sunrise



Trinity Jurgensen



Sunrise in Kapiti


Orange, blurring shades

Casting shadows everywhere

Over water's blue


An average day in winter


Icy bitter storm

Obstructs innocent blue skies

"Inside day, children!"


Iraq


It swallows us whole

We can only wait for peace

But can we really?



Cormack Kirkaldy



Marine Gardens


Near a child's play place

Consuming a summer treat

Watching the sun fall


Toy dogs


Small dogs, tails wagging

Up and down the shop filled streets

Unpolluted seas


Rays


Ice cream melting

On my tongue, absorbing

The summer sun's rays



Finnegan Kirkaldy



Bridge over Wharemaku Stream


Plastic ring driftwood

Hidden under shore fresh sand

As brown waves crash down


Wet cement crawls through

new paint, sweat and grasses mix

into memories



Mac Kirkaldy



Kapiti island


Birds twisting twirling

Ocean sparkling in the sea

Like diamonds twinkling


Beautiful Kapiti


Rivers streams ocean

Beautiful Kapiti

Bush farm beach great views


Windy Kapiti


Trees swaying

Waves crashing darting splashing

Wind howling like wolves



Jesse Mary Knudsen



Sisters are annoying


I went to the park

girls are annoying and mean

my sisters are mad



John Brian Knudsen



Josie’s Rhyme


I know I am home

When I play the xylophone

Ding dong ding dong ding



Josie Lewis



Matariki stars of Waikanae


Matariki stars

Appearing in June or May

Hangi is cooking



Reese Lines



Frosty night


Kapiti shines

through my window

on a frosty night


Winter shines


winter comes into sight

it shines through my soul

on an icy day


Winter comes


winter comes

I breath and it goes in a flash

frost is mysterious



Charlise Jane McKenzie



Matariki in the Native Bush


Matariki stars

Reappearing in early June

Dazzle like the sun


Waikanae Wishes


I make wishes now

Matariki time is here

The evening is fun


The night sky on Matariki


Matariki's here

Constellations in the sky

Time to eat my kai



Charlotte McKenzie



Kapiti


Friends, family, so much fun

Saturday sports, run, run, run

Beaches and fun in the sun


Where is Kapiti???


Kapiti, Raumati, Otaki,

Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Te Horo,

Pekapeka, Paekakariki



Georgia McKenzie



My New Zealand


I stand tall and proud.

Of my beautiful NZ.

Aotearoa, home.


Looking out to Kapiti Island


Standing in the breeze.

Feeling the sand in my toes.

Kapiti Island.



Tishkin McKenzie-McEvoy



Kapiti Coast Beautiful stars of Matariki


Matariki stars

Shine beautiful in winter

The seven sisters



Vinnie Mence



Starling Capers


Puffed up feathered chests

Licks of white curl on black

Starlings craft downy nests.


Beachside


White tip waves flutter

Beneath the champagne light

Like ocean feathers.



Sienna Mitchinson



Kapiti Waves


Kapiti Island

The sound of waves crash

Into land



Isabella Mulheron



The Island


Reach the top, climb high

Among the beautiful trees

Kapiti Island



Stella Kate Murphy



Matariki on the Coast


The beautiful sky

The amazing sky of Mata

Watch the sky twinkle


Matariki at the Beach


Walking on the beach

Dazzle like the sun

Flying kites early morning



Tayla Phillips



Kapiti Island

It is the best place to be!

Native birds live here


Kapiti Island

It is a prime place to be

Swim in the warm sea


Soft, squishy, gold sand

All the hills have grassy land

Warm, fun Kapiti



Matt Prentice



The old rope


I grab the old rope,

I give it my weight and swing,

Snap! I hit the ground.


Greyhound run


I unclip his leash,

Legs stretch out across the beach,

Paw prints follow behind.



Vicky Preston and Caitlin Proctor



Matariki Stars


Matariki stars

Shine like a beautiful sun

Reappear in June



Alana Reardon



Glazing Sun

While the waves hit the land.

The sun shines on the glazing water.



Harrison Saunders



Sand sticks to my feet

Stones skipping through the water

Couples holding hands



Logan Charles Sharp



Sunlight


Sun shining bright

Waves peacefully coming to shore

Soft sand glimmering


Seagull


Pinching food every second

Listening to people shout come back!

Crowding round tables



Darcie Skidmore-Stone



Matariki food at Waikanae Beach


We share hangi

Boiling hot stones cook our kai

My puku is full


Matariki Stars on the Coast


Matariki shines

The seven sisters shine bright

Sisters shine brightly



Kaiarahi Smith



An Autumn Day


Small branch wobbles

Bird flutters from browned leaves of tree

Chirping all around



James Spencer



Matariki in the Kapiti Coast


Maori new year

Seven stars in the sky

Shining stars up high



Isabella Stone



Waikane Matariki


Sparkling glistening stars

You can celebrate flying kites

Matariki myths



Torrin Story



Fishes in the ocean


Colourful fishes

Swimming majestically

Shimmering ocean


Beach party


Speakers boom loudly

People enjoying the night

Dancing on the sand


Perfectly cooked chicken


Juicy hot perfect

Steam rising to the surface

Heaven in my mouth



Tyra Rose Tra



Matariki on the Coast


Matariki stars

Let the sky shine in early June

Let the bright sky shine



Simaima Vaka



Kapiti loves us as much as we do!!!


Kapiti.

Kapiti is a safe place,

Kapiti loves nature

we love Kapiti Kapiti loves us back

come to Kapiti and you will be loved right back.



Abbigail Beth Viner



Kai with Kapiti whanau


Matariki stars

Eating kai with families

Reappear in June


Waikanae glistens


Blue sky at night time

Eating food with families

Flying kites at night



Zepplin Waite



The sunset


All the day I wait

To see the sun cascading

Blurts tropical lights


The Leaves


Cold days turn to blooms

Sun gleaming through the leaves

Shows the world's true form


Changing seasons in one day


Dawn frosts the day away

Then blooming in the midday

Sun gleams best at dusk.



Alannah Ward



Quiet, gentle waves

Perfect weather day, night and

Soft, bright yellow sands



Emma-Lee Whittaker



Kapiti is great


The sun shines all around me

the crisp autumn breeze floats around me the birds sing

it's a lovely sound



Aimee Williams



Haiku About Kapiti


The Kea's flying

Time for the sun to rise

It's a beautiful new day

Even if the sun ain't shinning



Katherine Williams



Otaki’s Fabulous Beach


I dive in and out,

Those big waves crash behind me.

At Otaki Beach.


Kapiti Island Walk


We’re finally here.

All ready for our big walk,

Ready to have fun.


Otaki Surf Club


Sheds full of sonics,

The beach is full of people,

As the nippers train.



Elliot Fearnan Yaxley



Chips by the Beach


Fish and Chips, soooo good

Seagull's stealing my hot chips

'Go away, they're mine!'



Ayrton Da-Vinci Young




The Sea


Casting out the line

Splashing about in the Sea

Gazing at the view



Jenson Aaron Young



Sunrise


Golden sun rays glaring

Icy frost thaws into puddles

Pink and mauve flood the sky


Kapiti Ice Cream


Smooth and velvety

Thick and creamy full of tang

Frozen sweet delight


Ocean


Deep green and turquoise

Crashing onto brittle sand

Sparkling in the sun



Lara Zampese





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