I recently read Nicola’s book and it is just beautiful. Do seek it out. She brings so much of her complex experiences as an activist and a secondary school teacher into her work – it is rich in entangled, community-facing life”Helen Lehndorf, a beautiful poet-artivist-gardener-Mama (and more!) from Palmerston North, Manawatū.

“Nicola is an excellent facilitator. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with her at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival in 2018. She provided awesome prompts and was a great space holder, inviting her participants to explore personal themes deeply. I even produced poems that have landed in my debut full length collection and one of these pieces was included in Hunter Writers Centre ‘Grieve’ anthology. Nicola is relatable, approachable, personable and generous.” – Ela Fornalska, teacher, poet and performer, Melbourne.


Kāpiti College reprised ‘Parihaka’ for two nights on March 4 and 5, 2020, in our new performing arts centre, Te Raukura ki Kāpiti.

Kia Aio Te Noho kapa haka rōpū

Our rangatahi are incredible kapa haka performers, directors, actors, artists, musicians and singers, who make you cry and leave you breathless in the best kinds of ways.

Photos by Louve Pharand-Doucet, Year 12, Kāpiti College.

Here’s a wonderful review from Te Aniwaniwa Black.