10:43 amThe Mussel Inn, Onekaka
Elizabeth Smither, New Zealand's first woman Te Mata Poet Laureate, has written five novels, five collections of short stories and eighteen poetry collections. Her most recent collection, Night Horse, was published in June this year. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1990 and the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 2000. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary DLitt from the University of Auckland for her contribution to literature and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was given the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. In 2016 she won the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, New Zealand’s most valuable poetry award.