‘Central to Meredith’s play, Rushing Dolls, is her vision of Urbanesia: cosmopolitan Pasifika worldwide. In her character Cleopatra’s words: “My unique Pacific perspective, it’s intrinsic to who I am, which is ambitious, educated, deftly passionate, urbanesian, a new breed.”’


‘Courtney Sina Meredith’s poetry sparkles with an eloquence and creativity that is both impressive and unique.’


‘She grapples with the big issues of poverty, conflict, sexism and racism, but also more immediate ones of sex, drinking and eating. All this is rolled into poems which are both serious and frivolous. She is a mixture of performance poet and romantic – a singing Ginsberg and howling Shelley.’


Writing becomes a way of self-recognition for Meredith. It is song, idea, heart, family. The stories come out of a Pasifika heritage, a female heritage, and that matters. This book, marvellous and memorable, affected me as both a writer and a person. It offers me points of self-recognition. With this book, Meredith joins our very best writers.

-Sunday Star Times

Courtney Sina Meredith is driven, ambitious, articulate — and on a mission.



3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Dear Courtney,
    As I was driving this morning I listened to your interview with Katherine Ryan, one word ‘fantastic’. What a wonderful interview and what a very clever girl you are, so proud that you are a kiwi. I am about to listen to the interview again as I reached my meeting before the end so I need to hear the finish. The only complaint I have is that your voice was so rich and velvety that I nearly drifted off to sleep, I could have run off the road!!! Not that you were in the least bit boring just a very warm and soothing voice. I went to buy Tail of the Taniwha but my local bookshop did not have it in but they are now going to order some copies. I told them they must listen to your interview. I have also suggested to my 13 year old grand-daughter to listen to it and to make you a person to study, follow and learn from.
    Thank you again Courtney

    1. Sue, there aren’t enough words to thank you enough for this super special message – I’m so touched, and incredibly grateful to you for taking the time to get in touch and for also getting my book into your local! Have a fantastic weekend and please let me know your thoughts on the book once you do read it. All my thanks 🙂 C

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