In a myth of the Tuhoe people of the Maori, Haumapuhia was betrayed by her father who drowned her in a spring. Face-down with her long black hair undulating in the foaming waters, the force of her thrashing formed the arms and inlets of a great lake. In the archetypal image of a wrathful female spirit – wild-haired and white-gowned – a woman floats face down in the sea. In the spirit of The Furies - the three goddesses of vengeance who hound the wicked to madness - voices of women* will roar from the watery depths of Wellington Harbour.
22 February, Thursday: 5.30-6.30pm
23-25 February, Friday - Sunday: 12.30-1.30pm & 4.30-5.30pm
1-4 March, Thursday-Sunday: 12.30-1.30pm & 4.30-5.30pm
* Thank you Tania De Rozario, Nic Campeotto, Emily Blewitt, Malika Booker, Allie Kerr, Jodie Ashdown, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Francoise Harvey, and Devon-Miller Duggan for your spellbinding poems.
Amelia Jones, writer in residence at Live Press, and Virginia Kennard reflect on Haumapuhia Rising.