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We love midwives morning tea

Friday 5 May | 11.30am Parliament lawn by the steps | Free! Kid friendly!

Midwives in New Zealand are doing it tough. Let’s show them we appreciate the work that they do bringing our babies into the world.

Meet on the Parliament lawn and bring your kids and some kai. We’ll eat together and the kids can draw pictures for our midwives while we write some letters together in support of our wonderful wāhine.

If you can’t make it or you’re not in Wellington – share your experiences of the midwives who touched your heart with the hashtags #mums4midwivesand #dads4midwives on 5 May. Or feel free to host your own event! Facebook event here.

An Audience with Emily Writes | Fundraiser for Martinborough Toy Library

Friday 5 May | 7pm | Martinborough Rugby Club | Buy tickets here

Cash bar, book sales and raffles. Fundraising for the Martinborough Toy Library. Have a wine and a laugh and a night off. Facebook event here.

Rants in the Day in Nelson

Thursday 11 May | 11:30am | Paper Plus 237 Trafalgar Square

YAY! I can’t wait to see you in Nelson mamas! Buy a book, get it signed, hear a reading, hi-fives all round. Kid friendly! Free!

Mothers Day Brunch with Emily Writes | Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

Saturday 14 May | 11.30 – 1pm | Regent Theatre | Buy tickets here

From the website: Celebrate Mother’s Day over shared platters and bubbly with the fallible, funny and forthright Emily Writes. Her recently published book Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another has been described as “one of the most side-splitting tales of parental privations and attendant trauma you will read.” Emily will discuss the tough and tender moments of parenting with Sunday magazine columnist, and fellow knackered mum, Leah McFall


Want me to come to your thing and speak at your thing I can totally do that and be potentially more eloquent than I am here but no promises. Email me at emilywritesnz @

Here’s some things people have said about me after I came to their thing and spoke at their thing.

“Emily spoke about reaching vulnerable communities in a way that was really accessible. I feel like I can do my job better now – communicating science and health in a way that will actually matter and change things”

“I cried and I laughed so hard I farted”

“Funny and heartbreaking – I haven’t laughed and cries so much in one evening”

“Emily has a way of making you feel like she’s the only one you’re talking to. I saw her at the Opera House and it made me feel like it was the most fun therapy session I’d ever been to. I felt inspired and invigorated but most of all I felt like I mattered as a mum”


If you want to buy Rants in the Dark you can buy it at all good bookstores. Keep a local bookstore going by buying it there – try Time Out in Mt Eden, Ekor Bookshop & Cafe or Unity Books in Wellington or Scorpio Books in Christchurch. If you can’t get to a bookstore – order it online with free international shipping here. Yes, that’s really free ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD you don’t have to be in New Zealand to buy this book! Or you can buy it here, here, here, or here. Or you can get it as an E-book through Apple, Amazon Kindle or Kobo.