Airini is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (VUP2017). Beautrais's writing draws on her personal experiences and Flow is a narrative sequence of poems set on and around the Whanganui .
At the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Beautrais's first collection of poetry, Secret Heart, was awarded the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry.
In 2016 Dear Neil Roberts was longlisted in the poetry category of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
In the same year she was also shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize and won the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition.
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Matt Rilkoff is an award winning feature writer and columnist who has spent most of the last decade in various roles at the Taranaki Daily News.
Now working as its chief news director his influence is partially to blame for the types of stories produced by Fairfax's Taranaki newsroom.
In his spare time he enjoys fishing, jumping on the trampoline with his son and tracking down discounted food items at his local supermarket.
A responsible father and husband, he still can't quite figure out how his long held ambition to write a novel before he was 30 is suddenly 10 years overdue.
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