hinemoana baker

writer, musician, producer

Photograph (below): Robert Cross, 2014

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.


Photograph (below): Leonardo Carta, 2014

Hinemoana Baker

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', was published in August 2014 - thank you VUP!

Hinemoana lives in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. 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.

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mātuhi | needle


Many cultures converge and challenge each other in the poetry of Hinemoana Baker - most obviously, her parents' Māori and Pākehā ancestries. The need to belong - to the extended and nuclear family - is at odds with the equally pressing need to be an...