Helen Waaka’s short story collection, Waitapu was launched at the Waipawa town library on October 15th and at Wellington Central Library on October 21st. Both events were well-organised and well-attended with books selling out in Waipawa. In Wellington Renee talked about Waitapu sneaking up on the reader, tapping them on the shoulder and taking them to the difficult, the joyful, the painful and the pleasurable. “It’s like we’ve always known these people. We live among them. We recognise them because they are survivors too… someone has finally got what small towns in Aoteaora are all about.” Prior to the Wellington launch Helen was interviewed by Lynne Freeman at Radio NZ. Listen to “Standing Room Only” here.