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Read about poetry getting loose in schools and local communities; view photos and selected poems

 

2016

The Poetry Project continues to bring poetry and poets into 8 schools reaching 400 students across Auckland to produce poems on “Matariki” and the new theme “Our Place Our Maunga.” These poems celebrate our identity as New Zealanders, our surroundings, and our traditions.

Programme Co-ordinator: Carrie Rudzinski
Poets: Daren Kamali, Gus Simonovic, Marina Alefosio, and Zech Soakai.
Schools: Belmont Primary, Birkenhead Primary, Birkdale Intermediate, Te Papapa School, Kelston Intermediate, Sir Edmund Hillary Middle School, Southern Cross Middle School, and Southern Cross Senior School.
 

2015

The Poetry Project expanded to 8 schools and reached a staggering 545 students in 2015, with the focus being on “Matariki” and the 100 year anniversary of “Anzac Day.”

Programme Co-ordinator: Renae Kettle
Poets: Daren Kamali, Gus Simonovic, and To’a Tuputala
Schools: Beach Haven Primary, Birkenhead Primary, Birkdale Intermediate, Te Papapa School, Kelston Intermediate, Sir Edmund Hillary Middle School, Southern Cross Middle School, and Southern Cross Senior School.
 

2014

The Poetry Project brought poetry to 7 schools and almost 400 students in Auckland producing poems on the themes “Ao Place” and “Matariki.”

Programme Co-ordinator: Renae Kettle
Poets: Daren Kamali, Grace Taylor, Mafi Tavo
Schools: Birkenhead Primary, Birkdale Primary, Birkdale Intermediate, Southern Cross Middle School, Southern Cross Senior School, Kelston Intermediate, Glenbrae Primary School.
 

2013

Themes: Matariki, Taking Flight, AO Place,
Schools: Otahuhu Primary, Glenfield Primary, Kedgley Intermediate, Royal Oak Intermediate, Mangere College, Northcote Intermediate, Auckland Girls Grammer School, Bailey Road School.
 

2011  
1000 Poems For Our Place
Paula Green worked in four West Auckland schools to produce 1000 poems that celebrated the local area – whether place, people, objects, activities or family.
2010  

North Shore, Otahuhu, Auckland Central City Library
Following the success of the 2009 Million Poems, projects were launched June-July 2010 to write poems for Matariki in Otahuhu and on the North Shore, then to bring poems and readers together in local libraries and at Auckland Central City Library.

Matariki 2010
2009  
A Million Poems for Matariki 2009
Devonport Peninsula, Auckland
Inaugural NZ Poet Laureate Michele Leggott and Devonport Community Coordinator Maire Vieth asked school children and interested adults to contribute poster poems for display in the North Shore community June-July 2009.
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