Visiting Writers 2016
Christine Hayvice (January - February)
Christine Hayvice is a Kiwi who has lived in Canada for many years, but these days spends part of the year living in New Zealand. She has been a visiting writer at the Michael King Writers' Centre several times, most recently in early 2016.
She was born in Hawera in 1949. She began writing as a child with stories and poems published in the Pixie Pages of the New Zealand Women’s Weekly.
She has lived in Canada for more than forty years, where she has been a social activist, editor and journalist. Her day job for 32 years was with an international airline where she used her travel benefits to return to New Zealand each year. She was a trade union representative in her workplace and also a vice president of the BC Federation of Labour. She was a member of a performance group, the Vancouver Industrial Writers’ Union and the feminist writers and artist group Sex, Death and Madness.
In 2012 she completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
She is currently working on two projects, a trade union history of a unit of airline workers in Canada which goes back to the 1940s, and is attempting to turn her family sagas into a novel set in Wellington.
Recent short-term residents have included: