hinemoana baker

writer, musician, producer

Hinemoana Baker

Hinemoana Baker is a published poet, a singer-songwriter, recording artist, teacher of creative writing and occasional broadcaster.

Her first book of poetry, 'mātuhi | needle', was co-published in New Zealand and the US in 2004. Actor, writer and artist Viggo Mortensen's publishing house Perceval Press co-published the book, which features the paintings of Ngāi Tahu artist Jenny Rendall

Hinemoana's first album, 'puāwai' (Jayrem Records, 2004) was a finalist for the NZ Music Awards and the APRA Silver Scrolls Māori Language award.

Her second collection of poetry, 'kōiwi kōiwi | bone bone' (Victoria University Press), was launched in Wellington in 2010. She co-edited the anthology 'Kaupapa: New Zealand Poets, World Issues' in 2007, and has released four more CDs of music and poetry.

Hinemoana was Arts Queensland Poet in Residence in 2009 and writer in residence with the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa in 2010. She has appeared at festivals and events in New Zealand and in Australia, Indonesia and the US. She is spending 2014 as writer in residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. Her third book, 'waha | mouth', will be published during her year there (around August/September) - thank you VUP!

Hinemoana lives in Kapiti, on the beautiful southwest coast of Aotearoa New Zealand's North Island. If you don't live locally, you'll find her on Twitter and Facebook most days. You can read more about her here, here, here and here. Oh, and by clicking the 'About' tab up the top! :-)

latest blog

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 - 9:28pm



10 August 2014, Waikanae Beach, Waimea Cafe and Restaurant

free stuff


Song for Christchurch

Here is a song tentatively called 'Remember'. Very simple recording - it's not on any albums yet.

I offer it for free download, for all those affected by the earthquakes in Christchurch. I will be...


Edited, selected and introduced by writer and musician Hinemoana Baker and activist and writer Maria McMillan, this stunning anthology features new, established and award-winning poets including Bill Manhire, Tusiata Avia, Airini Beautrais, Michele Amas, Jenny Bornholdt, CK...