Rena May Hough
Rena May is a 6th generation Chatham Islander of Ngati Mutunga of Wharekauri people. She is the grand daughter of the late Albert (Sam) Paynter Hough, World War One veteran.
Educated at Te One School – Chatham Islands, Rena May attended St Joseph’s College – Napier, 1974-77 where she graduated Radio Training School, certified as Ship to ‘‘Shore Radio Operator 1978.
The first of her three children was born in 1981. Today, she lives happily in the Chatham Islands, operates the Mirimiri Ora Clinic of Therapeutic Massage and is a committed and dedicated writer.
Rena May fulfilled a childhood dream of being a published writer in December 1997. With the financial assistance of Chatham Island Literary Fund Committee, her first book of word-children (poems and verse), Painting the Pages with Words was published and launched, (printed by GP Print Wellington).
Her works include: Upon Crystal Sands, 2001 (Maipito Publishing), Come Stroll With Me, 2001 (Maipito Publishing), Shadows of Moon Time, 2001 (Maipito Publishing), This Island of Mine: Chatham Islands, 2001 (Maipito Publishing), The Great Kiwi Summer Poetry Slam 2001/02 (Kiwiana Press 2002), “Woman’s Refuge” and inspirational letter, (National Women’s Refuge News – July 2002).
She enjoys sharing (presenting) her word-children (poetry and verse) to audiences including the Hawkes Bay Live Poets Society, Cat and Fiddle – Hastings, 1998-99 and to Visitor Groups to Chatham Islands since 2001.
In the words of fellow Chatham Island writer, Teresa McDonald, “Rena May writes for the refreshment of the soul, honours life’s mysteries and keeps one in touch with what is means to be human.”