Engage Aotearoa

Tag Archives: Poetry

Atawhai Festival at Te Pou Theatre: 5-11 October 2015

A new festival is seeking to break down stigma around mental health through performance and workshops. The Atawhai Festival coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from October 5 to 11.  The week-long festival will draw together 40 performers, artists and speakers to New Lynn’s Te Pou theatre. Festival creator Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho says he had contacts in both the mental health sector and in performance and thought “why not bring them together”.

“I work with marginalised communities and I see the stigmas that society has of mental distress,” he says,  “but also, the expectations people have of themselves and the unfortunate consequences from feeling that it’s not OK to feel less than 100 per cent.” Tukiwaho has teamed up with the creator of the original re-THiNK festival, Taimi Allan to Reboot the Big re-THiNK on October 6th.

Other events include a workshop from Jack Trolove on how to talk about suicide and mental health through storytelling (Oct 6th), a wellness workshop with motivational speaker James Rakena Robinson (Oct 9th), a performance poetry showcase called Purerehua (Oct 7th) and performances by top national and international actors.

Atawhai takes place at Te Pou theatre
44a Portage Rd, New Lynn from October 5 to 11.

Visit the Atawhai Facebook Page for information about all events.

Go to iTicket.co.nz to book.

Niu Nesia Speaks: Spoken Word Workshops to Explore Identity with Young People

  • Are you of mixed Pacific heritage, born in Aotearoa & aged 16-24 years old?
  • Interested in exploring the story of your identity through spoken word poetry?

You are invited to an info evening for a  FREE 8 week Spoken Word Poetry programme as part of Grace Taylor’s Masters research project. Email grace.teuila@gmail.com


Poetry and Music at Black Salt in New Lynn 7 Feb 2013

Rhythm & Verse

Local poet Ila Selwyn hosts these poetry and music nights. Come and listen to the featured readers, enjoy live music and share a drink with friends. There is always a medley of styles to suit a diversity of tastes in both poetry and music.

  • Date Thurs 7 Feb 
  • Time 7:30 pm  (doors/bar open 7pm)
  • Venue Top Floor, Black Salt Bar & Eatery, Great North Road/Totara Avenue, New Lynn [entrance on door to left of bar], Black Salt Bar and Eatery 10-12 Todd Avenue, New Lynn  [see detailed directions below]
  • Contact: Ila Selwyn (09) 826 0060
  • Fee $5 entry – cash [EFTPOS available on the bar]

This year Rhythm and Verse are kicking off with a great line-up.


Nico Fitzpatrick
Mandy Patmore
Otis Mace


Brigid Barrer, Bryony Jagger, Gus Simonovic, Iva Vemich,

Jenny Clay, Michael Lipschutz, Michael Morrissey, Paul Doesburg,

Penny Somervaille, Ron Riddell, Sarah-Rose Cotter, & Sue Gee

Directions are included below for those who haven’t been to Black Salt.

Two alternative routes to get to Black Salt

1. Drive down Rata St

2. Turn left at Great North Road [do not go through lights to Titirangi Rd]

3. Turn right at next set of lights onto new extension of Clark St

4. Take the next left at the lights onto Totara Ave [go slowly, a small street]

5. Turn left immediately after a small brick building on your left into an entryway into the New Lynn Community Centre and free parking area behind

6. Walk out the exit way across Totara Ave leaving the triangle with Peter Lange’s brick sculptures on your left

7. Walk straight ahead and you will see Black Salt Bar & Eatery on your right

8. Take the stairs on the far side of the bar up to Rhythm & Verse


1. Drive past Lynmall on your left on great North Road.

2. Go through the traffic lights.

3. Enter the free parking area on your left just past MacDonald’s

4. Walk out to Great North Road and turn left past the old brick Police Station.

5. Walk a few metres to black Salt Bar & eatery on your left.

6. Take the stairs up just before the entrance way to the bar.

Lounge Poetry Reading 2 May 2012 Auckland


*Old Government House Lounge, UoA City Campus, Princes St and Waterloo, Quadrant, 5.30-7 pm

Featuring local writers and performers:

  • Stephanie Christie
  • Allan Drew
  • Murray Edmond
  • Ya-Wen Ho
  • Dylan Horrocks
  • Zoe Meager
  • John Newton
  • Emily Perkins
  • Mel Rands
  • Alex Taylor

Free entry. Food and drinks for sale in the Buttery. Information Lisa
Samuels l.samuels@auckland.ac.nz  09 373 7599

The LOUNGE readings are a continuing project of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (*nzepc*), Auckland University Press and Auckland University English Department in association with the Staff Common Room Club at Old Government House.

Next Lounge Reading: 30 May 2012

reTHiNK Possible Worlds Encore 20-21 April 2012

The Literatti and partners present an encore performance of reTHiNK Possible Worlds with the addition of new poets with new worlds and The Time Machine, an interactive moving-image performance installation that you need to see to believe.

“It offers constant glimmers of hope, escape routes and pathways to human dignity.” – Theatre View

reTHiNK Possible Worlds is a multimedia theatre show that weaves together dance, poetry, film, visual art and music to tell the story of several characters as they navigate their way out of madness and rethink their possible worlds.

  • The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland Central
  • Friday 20 April 8 pm and Saturday 21 April 6 pm.
  • Tickets $10 on the door.

After their sell-out shows in 2011, Theatre review called it “well-padded and full. It was like eating a good meal: not so much that we are sore, not so little that we are still hungry”.

Who are you in the maze of life?

Performance Poetry:

  • A Fighter – Marina Alefosio
  • A Rogue – Sali Namwinga
  • An Adventurer – Michelle Bolton
  • A Maverick – Chris McMurray
  • A Searcher – Miriam Barr
  • A Thinker – Daniel Larsen
  • A Survivor – Simone Kaho
  • A Visionary – Shane Hollands
  • A Seer – Christian Jensen
  • A Rebel – Jai MacDonald
  • A Translator – Maddy King.

The Time Machine by Dan Breton

The Inventors:

John McNab: saxophone, guitar;
Paul Williams: cello, guitar, percussion.

Etched Dance Productions: 
Jess Quaid
Georgia JM Giesen.


Rhythm & Verse: Poetry & Music Night 1 Dec 2011

The monthly rhythm & verse series will finish for the year with a very special night on the top floor of Lopdell House. More will be revealed later but mark your calendar now and don’t be late — it kicks off at 7.30pm sharp.

The music line-up is Ben Tapene and Anna Rugis.

The poets for the night are: Riemke EnsingDavid Merritt, Serie Barfordand Sarah Cotter.

  • Venue Top Floor, Lopdell House, Titirangi Rd, Titirangi
  • Date: Thursday 1 December, 7.30pm, doors/bar open at 7pm.
  • Entry $5 cash, door sales available, sorry no EFTPOS
The Venue is wheelchair accessible, please take the lift to the top floor.