I did a thing!! I feel very passionately about this thing, and have been letting those feelings fester and stew until it hit the point where I couldn’t help but take action. And now, I have.
Finding the right name/terminology for this creation was very hard, because we don’t appear to have any commonly used terminology for the people I’m trying to help. So, while this isn’t perfect, it’s a place to start from.
It’s a beginning.
Read on below for more information.
Aurora Oceania is a community of Māori, Pasifika, First Nations and other Indigenous creators in the Oceanic/Pacific region. We’re focused on creatives in this area because I think that we bring some amazing work into the world in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres, but come up against extra barriers when it comes to visibility. We’re marginalised because a) we’re from a minority group b) which is often only praised or held up as valuable when it focuses on the culture the creator is from and c) in a location where speculative fiction gets a short shrift.
And this isn’t okay. It’s not good enough.
Your work has value – your voice is worth hearing – regardless of whether the content of your stories fits the expectations of others reading about your culture. It’s valuable even if you write in these sometimes looked down on genres too.
I believe the best way to help us get better visibility is to work together, to build our community, to lift each other up. I, for one, would love to read/watch/see/hear more of your work on both a personal, and global level, and I want to be part of the change that makes this happen.
So, I need you. Come and learn, laugh, commiserate, collaborate. Let’s do something awesome, together.
And, if you’re not from the above group, but still want to support – then we need you too! I’ve set up a Facebook page that you can like, and in the future plan to add a newsletter to the mix so we can keep you informed about upcoming events/launches etc. Join us here.
Hi! I’m Cassie. I’m a mother, a wife, and am owned by several animals. I’m Ngāi Tahu, and an alumni of the Te Papa Tupu emerging writers programme. I’ve been writing for a long time now, publishing for several years as well. While some of my work taps into my culture and heritage, certainly not all of it does.
I love horror, small towns, ghosts, and zombies. I love dreaming about exploring other planets, about what might live out in space, and am delightfully freaked out by occult fiction. I love dragons and swords and magic and am still convinced that one day I will have my very own army of ninja kittens. If you want to read more about me, you can check out my website, or find me on Twitter.
I’m not a pro at this, but I am passionate. I will do my best to get things right, but if you see me putting my foot in my mouth, please do let me know because the only way to learn from our mistakes is if someone kindly points them out and shows us a better way.