Author(s): Edited by Anne Kennedy
IKA is the literary and arts journal of the Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology.
Well-known New Zealand writers mix with emerging South Auckland talent in this newest edition of Ika published by the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).
The journal juxtaposes different voices, images and world views, to invite readers to witness exciting conversations and collisions. Ika's philosophy is that art IS diversity.
The journal features new work by distinguished New Zealand writers, including Bill Manhire, Paula Morris, David Eggleton, Albert Wendt, Courtney Sina Meredith and Pip Adam. It also launches fresh talent from MIT's Creative Writing programme.
Ika was born in South Auckland, and South Auckland will always be at its heart. The journal looks out at the world from there. Because the journal has a combination of writing and visual art, Ika as an object is important, and it's a very beautiful object.
Produced by MIT Creative Arts students, the journal features original art and photography. Richard Orjis, Ika 4's art director and artist, says the starting point for the visual artwork was moananui. The art is linked to themes of the ocean, water, or fluidity. It was inspired by a quote by writer and anthropologist Epeli Hau'ofa: "…the sea is our pathway to each other and to everyone else, the sea is our endless saga..."
This issue presents new work by an impressive range of writers and artists, from well-known to new, including Bill Manhire, Paula Morris, David Eggleton, Tracey Slaughter, Courtney Sina Meredith, Airini Beautrais, Pip Adam, Richard von Sturmer and Hera Lindsay Bird; an interview with Albert Wendt; visual art by Frances Hansen, Caryline Boreham, Pati Solomona Tyrell, and Ngahuia Harrison.
Editorial and production team: Anne Kennedy, Richard Orjis, Jessie Puru, Semira Davis, Steve Lovett, Shane Tuihalangingie, Samantha Sailiata, Albert Taala-nili