Lindsay Charman-Love

Te Āti Awa, Te Whanau o Hakirau

1949 -

Lindsay Charman-Love was born in Lower Hutt and was educated at St Bernard’s College, University of New England in New South Wales, and Northland Polytech. He first began writing poetry in 1969 while travelling to Australia; he states "I lived in outback Queensland for many years and was influenced by writers like Ernest Hemingway, Barry Crump, Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson." He compiled a book-length poetry work for the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Awards and began writing short stories in the mid 1990s. In 1997 and 2001 he was a finalist in the Huia Short Story Awards and in 1999 won a Huia Short Story Award and received the International Library of Poetry Bronze Medal. In February 2004 he was a member of the "On the Bus: Flat Out Brown Contemporary Māori Writers on Tour" which travelled to Rotorua and Tauranga. Charman-Love has an advanced Diploma in Applied Arts (Writing) and has been involved in conservation work with Historic Places. He has also done environmental writing and design.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Lindsay Charman-Love, 23 April 2004.
  • Huia Short Stories 1997. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1997. 177.


  • "A Grey Day Bleeding." Huia Short Stories 1997. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1997. 19-23.
  • On hearing of the death of her birth mother, Grace recalls her first face-to-face meeting with her mother after years of searching.
  • "Caught and Courting." Huia Short Stories 1997. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1997. 111-114.
  • "The Tail of Old Denny." Huia Short Stories 1997. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1997. 125-130.
  • "Oh Tahiti." Huia Short Stories 3. Wellinton, N.Z.: Huia, 1999. 33-42.
  • "Not Against Thieves." Huia Short Stories 4: Contemporary Māori Fiction. Wellinton, N.Z.: Huia, 2001. 13-22.
  • Top Hat and Taiaha, And Other Stories. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2001.
  • "Top Hat and Taiaha." ibid. 43-51. Rpt. in Get On The Waka: Best Recent Māori Fiction. Ed. with and intro. By Witi Ihimaera. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Book, 2007. 15-22.
  • Other

  • "Conservation Message in Play for Schools." New Zealand Press Association, 9 June 1998. Rpt. in 10 April 2008.
  • McVeagh, Janine. "Eat the Cockatoo." Listener 29 Sept. 2001: 61.
  • O’Leary, Michael. "Top Hat and Taiaha and Other Stories." Sunday Star-Times 30 September 2001. No further details.
  • Wong, Gilbert. "Top Hat and Taiaha." NZ Herald 26 August 2001. No further details.
  • Performing Arts

  • Karanga I te Po – A Cry in the Night. By Lindsay Charman-Love. Dir. Robert Pollock. Prod. Northland Polytechnic and Department of Conservation. 1998.
  • This production focussing on threats facing the kiwi; it completed two seasons and won two conservation awards.