Hinemoana Baker

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Robert Cross (with thanks to Victoria UP)

Hinemoana Baker is a published poet, a musician and recording artist, teacher of creative writing and occasional broadcaster. She was the 2016  Creative New Zealand’s Berlin Writer-in-Residence.

Hinemoana’s first book of poetry, mātuhi | needle, was co-published in New Zealand and the US in 2004. Actor, writer and artist Viggo Mortensen’s publishing house Perceval Press co-published the book, which features the paintings of Ngāi Tahu artist Jenny Rendall. Her first album, puāwai (Jayrem Records, 2004), was a finalist for the New Zealand Music Awards and the APRA Silver Scrolls Māori Language award.

Her second collection of poetry, kōiwi kōiwi | bone bone (Victoria UP), was launched in Wellington in 2010 followed by waha | mouth (Victoria UP, 2014). She co-edited the anthology Kaupapa: New Zealand Poets, World Issues in 2007, and has released four more CDs of music and poetry.

Hinemoana’s most recent collection Funkhaus (Victoria UP, 2020) is currently shortlisted for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.



Hinemoana’s website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Victoria University Press author page


Poetry Foundation author page


New releases by Hinemoana Baker

Funkhaus (poetry)

Published by Victoria University Press on May 14, 2020

Bibliography: Hinemoana Baker


waha | mouth (Victoria UP, 2014)

kōiwi kōiwi | bone bone (Victoria UP, 2010)

mātuhi | needle (Victoria UP, 2004)



Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, Volume 62, No. 2 (2013)

Landfall  (Otago UP, 2009)

SPORT (Victoria UP, 2002-2009)

Turbine  (IIML, 2003, 2004, 2007)

Trout 13 / Tinfish 16  (University of Auckland / University of Hawai’i, 2007)

Yellow Medicine Review  (South West Minnesota State University, 2007)



Transit of Venus | Venustransit (Victoria UP, 2016)

The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature  (Auckland UP, 2012)

The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (Victoria UP, 2011)

99 Ways Into New Zealand Poetry (Random House, 2010)

Best New Zealand Poems  (Victoria UP, 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2010)

Great Sporting Moments – The Best of SPORT Magazine (Victoria UP, 2005)

Mutes and Earthquakes (Victoria UP, 1997)

Te Ao Mārama 5  (Reed Books, 1996)

Zimbabwe Women Writers  (public readings chapbook: ZWW Publications, 1990)

'NZ literature is such a vast and varied thing' - Pip Adam

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