Creative Talanoa – 5 Years On

My niece Hadassah and I in 2012.

Today, January 7th 2017, marks exactly 5 years since this blog was created. As mentioned in my previous post, it was my love for poetry, spoken word and all things creative that inspired me to create this blog in 2012. Did I expect to have almost 200,000 visits to this blog when I first created it? No. But it has happened and I am truly grateful.

Over the past five years, this blog has documented various experiences that I have had and the inspiring people whom I have either journeyed with or met along the way. I would like to extend my gratitude to all whom I have had the honour in sharing their stories and lived experiences on this blog. I appreciate your time, support and love. 

Given that I had competing deadlines; I am content with the number of posts that have gone live on this blog and the responses and engagement that I have received over the past five years from readers around the world. It has not been an easy task to host this blog as I have had to multi-task and manage competing deadlines. One of those deadlines was to complete my post-graduate studies which, by the grace of God, I managed to and in 2014 I graduated with a PhD in Education from The University of Auckland. Therefore, I would like to extend my gratitude to you for reading, following and sharing posts from this blog. Thank you so much. I look forward to sharing more stories and lived experiences with you all this year.

Please note that you can enter your email address on the right hand column of the homepage in order to receive a notification each time a new blog post has gone live. Also, please feel free to comment below or send through an email to for any enquiries. I look forward to hearing from you.

God bless, Dr. Maryanne Pale


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