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An anthology of 100 poems celebrating Wellington.

Capturing the vivacity and diversity of the capital, this poetic portrait is a celebration of Wellington and the creative life it inspires.

Beginning with the inner city and harbour, the 100 poems move into the suburbs and parks, before heading to outer areas - and into the twenty-first century. Major New Zealand poets, visitors from offshore and stimulating newer voices have all been moved to record their responses to the steep streets and myriad people, the food and political energy, the cable car and cenotaphs, the wharves and, of course, the big weather.


This is a rereleased collection of poems about the city which James K Baxter called "the sterile whore of a thousand bureacrats". His poems are here, along with Fleur Adcock, Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Sam Hunt, Fiona Kidman, Bill Manhire, Katherine Mansfield, Vincent O'Sullivan. Among them all they have nicely captured the nature of a city with a dozen different moods, a people crafted by its fickle weather and the beautiful bays that engender such affection from anyone who has ever lived there. This is a lovely little book to dip into whenever the wind blows and the ferry lurches into the harbour.

Linda Thompson, Horowhenua Chronicle

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 28, 2018

    RHNZ Vintage

    176 pages

    RRP $30.00

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Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 31 May 2018

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