The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project aims to encourage creative writing among children and young people through school and community workshops.

The workshops encourage primary and intermediate school-age children to write poems around an event of cultural significance. The workshops are led by NZ poets, who take the children through the creative process.

The children write their poems on an illustrated poster, which can be displayed in their school or community. The workshops encourage all students to write creatively, with benefits for their literacy, thinking and presentation skills. 

Workshops in different parts of Auckland in 2009 through to 2018 have encouraged children to write poems for different themes such as Matariki, Anzac Day and Our Place, Our Maunga..

The project is  funded by Creative New Zealand and includes a collaboration between the Michael King Writers’ Centre and the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc), which is supported by The University of Auckland. 


Examples from A MILLION POEMS FOR MATARIKI  chalked on North Shore school playgrounds in 2009


Matariki poem

Margaret Mary Slack dancing with her poem, Matariki 2009