Katikati Haiku Contest 2012


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An open-theme haiku contest with proceeds going to the Haiku Pathway project in Katikati, New Zealand.

Thanks to Kings Seeds for providing the cash prizes. Kings Seeds is a Katikati business that is a leader in its field and we are pleased to welcome the family-owned company to the contest.


18 & over: $100 for first; $50 for second and $25 for third

17 & under: $50, $25, $10 (all prizes in New Zealand dollars).


Poems should preferably be typewritten, otherwise clearly handwritten.

Haiku should not have been previously published (including on the web or broadcast).

Submit 2 copies of each haiku with 1 only including your name, address, phone number (no mobiles, please), e-mail address, and for the junior section only, your age. Putting several poems on an A4 sheet is fine.

There is no limit to the number of entries that an individual may make.

Entry fee:

Within NZ: 18 & over $5 for 3 haiku or $2 for 1 haiku. 17 & under $1 for up to 2 haiku.

For overseas entrants: $US5/3 haiku or $US2/haiku.

Entries in hand by Friday, May 16. Post to: Katikati Haiku Contest, PO Box 183, Katikati 3166, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

A judge's report will be sent by email, otherwise please include a stamped addressed envelope. Judges are Owen Bullock (senior) and Catherine Mair (junior).

Results will be announced and presented on Saturday, June 16 at the Haiku Festival Aotearoa.

Any entry not accompanied by the correct entry fee will be disqualified. Entrants send cash at their own risk. Please note: Due to bank charges, we will no longer accept personal cheques in any currency other than NZ$. Entry fees may be paid by PayPal using the email recipient address maggib at replacing the "at" with an "@".

Inquiries to Sandra.


2010 senior haiku winners:


a moment before sunrise -
ice singing
beneath the swans' feet

- Martin Lucas (England), First

3 a.m
the overhead fan
clicks clicks clicks

- Joanne Watcyn-Jones (Australia), Second

he leaves in an ambulance -
the chrysanthemum buds
closed tight

- Kirsten Cliff (Papamoa, NZ), Third


Highly Commended:


a field in bloom -
the foal's tracks
follow the mare's

- Carole MacRury (USA)

his father's death ...
shadows of raindrops
on the window ledge

- Beverley George (Australia)

fallen leaf -
the stream carrying
another silence

- Eduard Tara (Romania)


already my toddler's hair

- Vanessa Proctor (Australia)

full moon at Motuhoa
cloud the evening tide

- Barbara Hart (Tauranga, NZ)

soft mist ...
a mother cups
her baby's head

- Joanne Watcyn-Jones

half light
the river scarred
by a heron

- Beverley George









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