In matuhi - needle, her debut collection, there are poems of praise, love and gratitude. Words, phrases and cultural concepts in the Maori world are given a new and different life via her love and recovery of Te Reo - which can be translated as "the voice". Other poems are inscribed with the sordid and the badly-behaved, or admit to feelings of inadequacy and avoidance. Some reflect a history of personal and political invasion and occupation. All are alive with grace, intellect and control.
This is a co-publication with Viggo (Aragorn) Mortensen's publishing company in the US; Hinemoana was one of the VUP poets who read with Viggo at a Lord of the Rings benefit poetry reading in 2003; A beautiful production, hardback with full colour illustrations by a leading Maori artist; This collection of wonderful poetry comes with a CD of music from this multi-talented young writer