Magazine article World Literature Today

The Katikati Haiku Pathway

Magazine article World Literature Today

The Katikati Haiku Pathway

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TWISTING ALONG BOTH SIDES of the Uretara Stream, the Katikati Haiku Pathway is a peaceful spot giving locals and tourists alike a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the New Zealand mural town. This collection of boulders inscribed with haiku was one of New Zealand's Millennium Projects; it's the largest collection of its kind outside of Japan and the only haiku pathway south of the equator (katakati. co.nz). Catherine Mair, a haiku poet herself as well as the former editor of Kokako (then winterSPIN), headed the project, hoping to clean up the area around the Uretara Stream, which remains an important historical connection between settlers and the outside world.

The Katikati Haiku Pathway opened in summer 2000 with twenty-four inscribed stones and now has over thirty. The haiku are chosen to enhance the readers' experiences as they stroll down the picturesque path, commenting on the scenery surrounding it or even the people passing through. …

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