Hinemoana Baker is a writer, musician, producer, editor, and teacher of creative writing. Her first book of poetry, Matuhi Needle, was published in New Zealand and the United States in 2004, and her new collection was released in July 2010. In the same year, she was an International Writing Program fellow at the University of Iowa. She has produced two albums of original music – one solo and one with her duo, Taniwha. As well as this she has released two CDs of spoken word with field recordings that she calls 'sonic poems'.