Poetry Project 2016

(Apr/Jun 2016)


From April to June 2016 The Poetry Project taught 23 workshops to almost 400 students in 8 different schools across Auckland. Each school received three two hour workshops taught by a professional local poet on one of our two themes: “Matariki” or “Our Place Our Maunga.”

The workshops focussed on discussing the cultural importance of Matariki, exploring the legend of Matariki and the 7 sisters, what it means to our own identities to call New Zealand home, and how we identify what “home” looks like.

Our workshops this year were taught by some of the best poets in the city: Daren Kamali, Marina Alefosio, Gus Simonovic, and Zech Soakai. We welcomed talented Auckland-based photographer Jocelen Janon and our new Programme Co-ordinator Carrie Rudzinski to the Poetry Project. And we gave many thanks to our former co-ordinator Renae Kettle for all her work and dedication to poetry over the past two years.

The schools involved in the Poetry Project this year were:

 Belmont Primary

 Beachhaven Primary

 Birkdale Intermediate

 Kelston Intermediate

 Sir Edmund Hillary Middle School

 Southern Cross Middle School

 Southern Cross Senior School

 Te Papapa School

This programme could not succeed without the tremendous support from the teaching staff at each schools and we thank them for welcoming us into their classrooms.

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