ESAW has published a photobook by Margaret Jeune in a limited private edition of 10 copies. The publication continues the ESAW series of art books that includes well known artists Nigel Brown and photographer Nigel Yates, as well as Dr Michael O’Leary’s own Artist: Artworks and Words.

The book includes photos taken by Margaret Jeune on her travels around New Zealand and overseas in England, Scotland, France and Ireland.

Title:  A Photo Journey
Artist: Margaret Jeune
ISBN 978-1-86942-188-5
Extent: 60 pages
Format: 215x215mm
Publication: December 2019
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


A new collection of Science Fiction and speculative poetry compiled by Wellington authors and editors Tim Jones and Mark Pirie features in the relaunched ESAW mini series.

Title:  Star Words: Science Fiction and Speculative Poetry from New Zealand
(No. 35)
Compilers: Tim Jones and Mark Pirie
ISBN 978-1-86942-189-2
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2019
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

star words

Cover photo by Margaret Jeune, 2019

About the Book

This anthology is compiled from poems read on 30 October 2019 at the 10th anniversary reading for Voyagers, winner of the Vogel Award for Best Collected Work 2009.  Contributors: Janis Freegard, Tim Jones, Harvey Molloy, Mark Pirie, Vivienne Plumb, Nick Ascroft, Margaret Jeune, Tabatha Wood, Tony Hopkins and Michael O’Leary. To the memory of  B. E. Turner, technical editor of the ESAW Mini Series, d. October 2019.

About the Editors

Tim Jones was awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. He has published five collections of poetry, one novel, a novella and two short story collections. He has co-edited two Australasian poetry anthologies specialising in speculative, fantasy, horror and Science Fiction poetry.

Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, editor and publisher. Pirie has published four mini books previously with ESAW, a biography Tom Lawn, Mystery Forward and written or edited a number of poetry collections, including the Winter Readings series and a selection of early poems, Giving Poetry a Bad Name.



Brian E Turner, 1936-2019

In October 2019, Dr Michael O’Leary was saddened to farewell his long time publishing companion and fellow writer/playwright Brian Edward (B E) Turner, who had become Michael’s technical editor with ESAW in the early/mid-2000s. Together the two worked together and produced many Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop titles, including the signature mini book series which ran to nearly 40 titles. Brian until recently had also maintained the ESAW website until its closure.

Brian E Turner added much needed impetus to the support of local Kapiti and Horowhenua writing under the ESAW imprint. Brian also worked on other projects such as typesetting/design work for local authors like Marion Rego and the Horowhenua Writer’s Group anthology. Brian’s support of local and national writers will be sorely missed.

We have reproduced an article Brian E Turner wrote for the 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff book published in 2009 and edited by Mark Pirie, a long term editor and associate of ESAW.

My story with the Earl by Brian E Turner

At the age of 58, I fell from a roof. Although the head damage limited my ability to concentrate for extended periods, it qualified me for a writer’s grant from the Accident Compensation Commission. Having time on my hands, I decided to write a novel that had been rattling around in my head for a number of years. This novel had a history. It was accepted by two overseas agents and two overseas internet publishers. They all went out of business. My friend, Frances Cherry, liked the book and decided to invite myself and a publisher-friend to a dinner party. This was where I met Michael O’Leary for the first time. After an excellent meal, some bottles of wine and literary conversation Michael took Frances’ word that it was a good book and agreed to publish. Eventually, he did actually read it, though his stated policy was – ‘we write books, we publish books, we shouldn’t have to read them.’ The published book did reasonably well, partly because of a remarkable review by someone who thought I was someone else. (It appears I am a pretty good writer if I am someone with a reputation but not so good if I’m not.)

A couple of years later Michael asked me if I wanted to become publicist for ESAW. The distribution agency that Michael had been using had been sold and the new owner decided to abandon him. This seemed to be quite an interesting retirement occupation so I found a free newsletter email program and collected email addresses of bookshops and libraries from the internet. I also thought that a website might be a help. Initially I considered utilising free space provided by my ISP, however, it turned out that commercial space is pretty cheap so we bought some and registered our domain name – ‘earlofseacliff’. Being a self-taught web designer, I developed a rough and ready site that seems to do the trick. There are over 350 files on the site. It gets hits from all over the world and has actually brought business from American universities. Nevertheless the email newsletter and website do not enable us to penetrate as far into the market as we would like.

The next step was to distribute the books. Over time the most efficient methods of using the postal system were developed. Also, having spent my life programming computers, I was able to develop a system for invoicing and recording of data in the Microsoft Access programming language. It’s a rare system but it does the trick, although I’m probably the only person able to use it.

About this time it came to my attention that ESAW’s publishing process using offset printing was surely uneconomical for short run books of poetry. This led me into an enquiry into the methods of digital printing. The local print shop was very helpful in this and we started publishing chapbooks as well as the Christmas Surprise mini book and our mini series. I utilised Microsoft Publisher as the typesetting tool, and eventually graduated to Adobe Pagemaker (which Mark Pirie, of HeadworX, had also been using to help typeset and design a number of works for us).

We are still not selling books in large quantities; however, the press is financial. What we really need is an agent that will approach libraries and bookshops direct but as yet we have not been able to find one.

So I am now publicist, distributor, webmaster, accountant and publisher. No it’s not a take-over, it’s just a retirement hobby. 

Article copyright B  E Turner, 2009 (from The Earl is in… 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff, edited by Mark Pirie, ESAW, Paekakariki, 2009).



A debut novel by writer and poet Gary Mutton has recently been released by Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop.

Title:  Ear to the Ground: A Novel
Author: Gary Mutton
ISBN 978-1-86942-186-1
Extent: 96 pages
Format: A5
Publication: August 2019
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


Michael O’Leary recently contributed his drawing of Metallica to the anthology of poems celebrating the Winter Readings held at Paekakariki on Saturday, 23 August.

The annual event formed a tribute to Metallica, a continuation of a poetry reading series which began in 2004. Previous drawings by Michael O’Leary included Jim Morrison, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, Oasis, Bee Gees and the Beach Boys.


Metallica by Michael O’Leary, 2019


The Black Album Readings: Winter Readings 2019 edited by Mark Pirie (ESAW, 2019)

At this year’s Winter Readings in Paekakariki, “The Black Album Readings”, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop published an anthology of the readers, and awarded its annual poetry prize to Jeremy Roberts (Hawke’s Bay), a surprise award.

The Black Album Readings held at St Peter’s Hall on 17 August 2019 was a tribute to the heavy rock group Metallica and an event continuing the return of a popular poetry reading series in the Wellington region presented by the Poetry Archive Trust, HeadworX Publishers and ESAW 2003-2008, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

This year’s attendance was small due to bad weather but maintained its support from the previous years, and the participants were Rob Hack (MC), Tim Jones, Jeremy Roberts, Mary Maringikura Campbell, HeadworX editor Mark Pirie, Alex Jeune, Margaret Jeune, and ESAW publisher Michael O’Leary.

Alex Jeune was first up and read short, sensitive and tightly polished, image-based poems. Jeremy Roberts followed giving a sense of his billing as a Napier Live Poets host. His livewire poetry was well suited to performance. Mary Maringikura Campbell read afterwards with powerful and colourful poetry. Tim Jones ended the first part of the reading with a mixture of climate change poetry and music poetry, including several which featured Metallica and gave a profound insight into the rock business.

Rob Hack restarted the session after a short coffee/tea break with a poem on his experiences, going to the mines to “make it big” in Western Australia. Michael O’Leary read from his Collected Poems (HeadworX, 2017) and The Black Album Readings anthology.

Mark Pirie’s poems were mainly a mixture of music-centred poems (noting the influence of Metallica on his early book Ride the Tempest) and sports poetry. He ended with a tribute to the great All Black Jonah Lomu. Margaret Jeune was the final reader and read a mixture of new and old work, including poems from Flight Paths (HeadworX, 2019). One of her poems celebrated a recent reading at Titirangi Poets in Auckland.

Poem by Jeremy Roberts


Music always came from a better place.
It spoke to me like big soul-filling ka-ching
within the stupefying vortex of the material world.
My daughter is playing her recording of a new song.
I know this place well & sink comfortably into the leather sofa –
gently biting the soft flesh inside my mouth,
as a substitute for chewing gum.
The waves soon call me back to a time waiting for Casey Kasem
to introduce Barry Manilow singing ‘I Write the Songs.’
It was American, you see –
the musical infiltration of starving ears,
a therapeutic displacement of social failure,
anxiety over career expectations.
Oh, how drab the system was – almost sending you off your rocker!
& then:
A clap of thunder underneath a fingernail.
Thin lips pressed against the throbbing VU meter.
An intense light of freedom fluttering –
louder & louder in a dark corner of the bedroom.

Poem copyright Jeremy Roberts, 2019

(Winner of the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize, 2019)

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Jeremy Roberts

A new collection of poetry by Wellington author and editor Tim Jones features in the relaunched ESAW mini series.

Title:  Big Hair Was Everywhere: Music Poems (No. 34)
Author: Tim Jones
ISBN 978-1-86942-163-0
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: February 2019
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

Tim Jones grew up on classical music (a lifelong interest) and didn’t hear rock music till high school in the early 1970s, where a classmate brought along a portable record player and played Deep Purple and Uriah Heep during lunch breaks. It was all on from there.

About the Author

Tim was awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. He has had one novel, one standalone novella, two short story collections,and four poetry collections published, and has co-edited two poetry anthologies, including Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, co-edited with Mark Pirie (IP, 2009). His most recent poetry collection is New Sea Land (Mākaro Press, 2016).

CD Cover Image O'Leary


A tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 album

The Beatles

By the Earl of Seacliff’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

With lyrics by Michael O’Leary

CD Launch

Saint Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki

Saturday, 16th March

7.30pm to 10pm

$10 cash sales at door ($25 with a CD)


MNP, Francis Mills, Al Witham, Dianne Civil

& Friends

An ESAW Sounds Division Presentation


After a hiatus of some years, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (Editor-in-Chief Dr Michael O’Leary and Technical Editor Brian E Turner) recently published six chapbooks of new work by authors who have had a longtime association with the press. These mini-books are produced in a standardized format. They are of 24 pages A6. The front cover is usually a grayscale picture of the author while the back cover contains the name of the book and relevant details. These chapbooks are in the now forgotten tradition of the Broadsheet where poets were able to cheaply self-publish their works for distribution through non-commercial outlets.


Title: Family&Friends&Others (No. 29)
Author: Michael O’Leary
ISBN 978-1-86942-177-9
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

A collection of new poems and some previously published. Some of have been collected in O’Leary’s Collected Poems 1981-2016 (HeadworX, 2017). Subjects range from family and friends to important pop influences on O’Leary: Paul McCartney, the Beatles, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.


Title: Timbuktu and other irreal plays (No. 30)
Author: B E Turner
ISBN 978-1-86942-178-6
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

Four plays originally published online by The Café Irreal – International Imagination.

The irreal defined as: “Within the psyche is the mind and within the mind are the two moieties, the real and the irreal, the left and the right. In the real we cling to the wreckage of safe certainty but in the irreal we enter the unsafe world of dreams, absurdities, impossibilities, the place where the accepted laws of nature and logic are broken. And why should we enter this realm which we are so reluctant to experience? Because it is the centre. It is the source of creation and the next step on the way we should all have the courage to follow.”


Title: Wild Approximations (No. 31)
Author: Bill Dacker
ISBN 978-1-86942-181-6
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

Some poems from Bill Dacker’s lifetime as historian, community worker and poet travelling between river side (Clutha Matau) and harbour side (Port Chalmers) homes.

Dacker was awarded the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize for 2018.


Title: Coasting Along Without Drive an essay on cryptotalk (No. 32)
Author: F W Nielsen Wright
ISBN 978-1-86942-180-9
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

The core of this mini book presentation is 4 poems as individual leaflets with the poem in reformed and normal spelling. The book also contains extensive literary and biographical notes. Cover portrait of the author by Michael O’Leary.

About the Author

Dr Niel Wright has published 8000 original poems since 1950, all but four consistently in rhymed verse. No English language poet in the last 70 years has written more verse in rhyme and shown the unprecedented novelty he has in doing so.


Title: Electrimotive: Music poems (No. 33)
Author: Mark Pirie
ISBN 978-1-86942-179-3
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop



About the Book

New poems on music and pop influences by Mark Pirie. Subjects are diverse and typically range across musical genres: jazz, blues, soul, country, pop, rock, metal and classical.

About the Author

Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, editor and publisher.  In the 1990s he worked a late shift radio show on Radio Active 89FM, where he developed a lifelong listening affair with music. Bareknuckle Books published his selected poems, Rock and Roll, in 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. Pirie has published three mini books previously with ESAW, a biography Tom Lawn, Mystery Forward and written and edited a number of poetry collections, including the Winter Reading series, and a selection of early poems, Giving Poetry a Bad Name.


Title: There’s More (No. 38)
Author: Peter Olds
ISBN 978-1-86942-176-2
Extent: 24 pages
Format: A6
Publication: December 2018
Publisher: Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop


About the Book

New poems from the well known New Zealand poet Peter Olds, focusing on local places and life in Dunedin.

About the Author

Peter Olds was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 1978. In 2014 Cold Hub Press published his Selected Poems (You Fit The Description). In 2017 Cold Hub brought out Taking my Jacket for a Walk…. Olds has published three mini books previously with ESAW, and one collection (Music Therapy), in 2001.


In recent years, much of Michael O’Leary’s time has been devoted to non-fiction research. Four titles have been published by Michael:

1. Paekakariki: A Short History (2014)


2. Paekakariki Station Museum (2017)

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3. Kapiti Transport History (2017)


4. The Streets of Paekakariki (2018)



Michael O’Leary’s latest book, The Streets of Paekakariki, was launched this year to a warm reception at St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki, on 16 September 2018. This is the Introduction to it.




Block 9 on the map is shown to belong to Betty Nicol (Kahe Te Rau-o-Te-Rangi) wife of Scotch Jock

The above map/diagram, dated 1874, shows Paekakariki and environs before any proper streets or roads were developed in the township, although it does show the basic developmental trends that Paekakariki would follow as it became the village we know today. The only road as such at the time was the Paekakariki Hill Road (seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the map), which had been built mainly to provide access for wagons and artillery to pacify the Wellington region after the Hutt Valley War of 1845-6.

British Army engineers supervised by Capt. Andrew Hamilton Russell, Superintendent of Military Roads, mapped the route. Ironically the work was carried out with Māori road-building gangs who completed the road in November 1849, linking Wellington and Porirua with the Beach Highway to Whanganui. Between the hill road and the beach was a small thoroughfare which would become, appropriately, Beach Road. The name of the settlement changed from Paripari to Paikakariki, originally spelled with Pai.

By 1886, when the railway arrived, Paekakariki had a Posting House for coaches where horses changed after the arduous trip over the Hill Road. The settlement had a hotel, baker, grocer, policeman, Constable Roche, and a ‘lock-up’. The hotel was run at this time by Mrs Tilley. The three main Pakeha families were the Smiths, Lynches and Mackays. Below is the official notification of the new spelling of Paekakariki in 1907.



An early postcard of Paekakariki – Beach Road – c1900s

Today’s main road to the beach, Beach Road, runs in front of the buildings towards the sand dunes at the bottom left. Paekakariki’s first Post Office was sited approximately where the last of the row of Army-type sheds stands. The railway station and other premises of the Wellington-Manawatu Railway Company are sited in a line to the left. The large building is the Paekakariki Hotel with the publican at that time being Charles Slight.

Paekakariki was developed in several sections. At first the township was to be located around the area where the surf club is. This town was going to be called Wainui. The area was probably chosen as there was already an existing Māori pa there and because of the ready supply of fresh water from the Wainui stream. However, once the hotel was built at the foot of the Paekakariki Hill Road this then became the logical place for a town to be constructed around.


Report from the Colonial Secretary dated January 1850 regarding the Native Population at Wainui.

The first auction sale of land in Paekakariki was in December 1905 and consisted of 39 sections mainly along Ames Street with a few in Beach Road. By 1907 another 70 odd sections ( belonging to the Paekakariki Land Syndicate ) were sold and included blocks in Wellington Road, The Parade, Roberston and Tilley Roads. May 1907 saw another block for sale; this included 66 sections  which were located on The Parade, Wellington, Cecil and Tilley Roads.

By 1908 Paekakariki extended as far as Ocean Road, thus connecting Wellington Road and The Parade.  The Wellington Manawatu Railway Company owned land adjacent to Tilley road and they constructed many staff houses in this area. The sections were popular with Manawatu farmers for vacation homes.


Paekakariki Railway Precinct showing the railway houses before Tilley Road was built

Around 1910-1920 The Parade was more or less as can be found today, Pingau Street and The Recreation Reserve (Campbell Park) were also built during this time. In 1923 the subdivision named ‘Awatea’ was advertised for sale. This included Tangahoe, Aperahama, Henare and Mira Street. Mira Street, which later became the northern end of Wellington Road, was then extended southwards and connected up with Pingau.

The ‘Awatea’ subdivision was probably the area that was earmarked for the original township of Wainui. The last house in Tilley road at this time was constructed on the hill above the school and is now part of a cul-de-sac known as Mira Grove.  During the war the land to the East was confiscated by the Government and turned into the Paekakariki Military Base for the Americans. This land also included the Paekakariki Golf Club which occupied the area around what is now known as Queen Elizabeth Park.

1927 saw plans drawn up for ‘Extension No. 9 to the Town of Paekakariki’ this block was at the south end of Ames Street and included another 27 sections adjoining those already sold, with an access way being left for people to reach the beach, the sections being advertised as “suitable for permanent Residences, Week-end Homes or Camps, as there is electric light and a magnificent water supply”.


1927 Paekakariki Subdivision Plan

After the construction of the Paekakariki School in its current position in 1945, Wellington Road was extended to Mira Street and the complete road became Wellington Road. Long time Paekakariki resident, Michael Smullen, used to tell the story that he went to work in the morning living on Mira Street and came home in the afternoon and his house was on Wellington Road.

In 1956 there was a scattering of houses along the East side of the Wellington Road extension, Mirirona Grove had been constructed and houses were beginning to appear there. The late 1950s saw the construction of Te Miti, Horomona, Haumia, Clarkes, Mutu and the Tilley Road extension. Of the 150 new sections in this block, around 30 were built as Railway Houses. At this time Mira Grove was named to replace the lost Mira Street. Originally Haumia was spelt incorrectly and local Iwi had to battle for many years to get the name spelt correctly, Finally, in the 1980’s the authorities agreed and the spelling was corrected. The last group of housing came with the construction of Tarawa, Smith and Porter. These were modern subdivisions with underground services used for the first time in Paekakariki.

Several of the original hapū and whānau of the Paekakariki area are depicted in many of the street names and in the Awatea block at the north end of the town several of the names are only Māori names. There are also interesting cross references. There is Smith Street, named after a local early Pakeha settler family which is not far from Te Miti Street, Te Miti being a Māori transliteration of the name Smith. The street names are presented alphabetically rather than geographically except when the names are so bound up with each other it seemed a folly to separate them. The fact that three of the earliest buildings constructed in Paekakariki were churches to be followed by a 4th at a later stage shows the influence religion had over the people at the time. Not only that a couple of them were built on what could be considered the best sections in the village.

Also there were several different orders that had holiday homes for members of their clergy to recuperate and rest. Now of course its different times and two of the churches have been turned into private residences and some of the holiday homes have been sold off. An interesting point is that no land was set aside for a cemetery apart from iwi who have their urupa in Queen Elizabeth Park.


Some of the Maori names proved difficult for the Councils of the time to spell. Even now they seem to have difficulty naming some roads correctly.

There are also a few mystery names, the main one being Paneta Street which appears to have no reference under that particular spelling. Also, Cecil Road which is probably named after a son of the land owner, Robertson, rather than the local joke that it was a play on the name of the African explorer, Cecil Rhodes. This is also odd as no houses appear to have an address of Cecil Road. Whatever the origin and story behind the street names of Paekakariki, I hope you enjoy this little stroll down each highway and byway.
Michael O’Leary