‘The weather in Waitapu can be moody too, mimicking the river in its sulkiness. At those unsettled times, the townspeople become edgy. Past wrongs surface, tempers fray, mothers worry and fathers drink more than they should…’

But not all is dark and moody in the small rural town of Waitapu as this review explains.

‘This is a book about the small and significant ways we have an impact on each other’s lives. It is also about survival, and the triumph of kindness.’

Find out more at one of Helen Waaka’s book launches for her short story collection, Waitapu coming up on October 15th 5.30pm at the town library, High Street, Waipawa, Central Hawkes Bay, and October 21st 5.30pm, in the Mezzanine Community Room, Wellington Central Library.