Katikati Haiku Contest: 2008

Senior section: 327 entries

summer flood –
my father wades
through the stars

– Eduard Tara, Romania, First

the stream flows from shadow
to shadow

– Elaine Riddell, Hamilton, Second

day moon
hoof prints litter
the beach track

– Kirsten Cliff, Papamoa, Third

Highly Commended:

putting on
her faded Levi’s
the undertaker

– André Surridge, Hamilton

weather change
the first child
meets her sister

– Nola Borrell, Lower Hutt

leaving your home –
kowhai flowers
flick off my windscreen

– Helen Yong, Christchurch

Best Local Haiku:

the black bird

– Jan Goldthorp, Tuapiro Point

Junior section (17 years & under)

hot dancing fire
blazing in the cold night sky
here comes the eclipse

– Erika Cabrales, 13 years
Aquinas College, Tauranga, First

the true colour of the waves
I see the fish swim

– Sophie Gibson, 8 years
Katikati, Second

between bare bony
branches I piece together
the almost-round moon

– Hannah Botha, 15 years
Tauranga, Third

Highly Commended

the last exam
my only thought
a bird call

– Sophia Frentz, 16 years

here it is again,
hello darkness my old friend,
shadow of the day.

– Jessica Polwarth, 12 years
Omokoroa Intermediate, Omokoroa


silent hunter
lifts his gun
the deer falls

– Hattie Sutcliffe, 11 years
Omokoroa Point School, Omokoroa

my fire red leaf
with hints of yellow honey
crispy brown edges

– Casey Rameka, 10 years