The first book by a New Zealand author that I ever read before emigrating to this beautiful country was "An Angel at my table" by Janet Frame. 
{A truly recommended read !} At a "down" time in my artistic inspiration and while strolling along the beach one day, I started seeing Angels appear from the pieces of driftwood I found, and so I started having Angels at my work table myself . A little later I could sometimes see Water-Angels or Driften Maidens {you will probably call them just mermaids} I love having this "drifted" wood art on my table, a gift from the water King, and I like to share some of the good vibes....ah, I just like to make up stories while I am working, I hope you like them too ;)