Mikaela dedicated her time in the Manawatū to two projects: her first poetry collection in English and editing a memoir by a Vanuatu writer. The poetry collection is tentatively entitled The Anatomy of Sand, while the memoir offers “a rare woman’s perspective to existing historical and colonial accounts of Vanuatu.”
The publication and launch of a much-anticipated anthology of Vanuatu women’s writing Sista, Stanap Strong! (VUP), co-edited with Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen also took place over the residency. The book arises out a long-standing collaboration with ni-Vanuatu writers.
Mikaela also worked with Massey’s creative writing students and facilitated a very impactful series of writing workshops for Manawatū’s migrant and Pasifika communities