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Te Kahu Rolleston Poetry Slam Workshop
May 29, 2018 - May 31, 2018
The Māoriland Hub is offering workshops with spoken word poet and educator Te Kahu Rolleston for students aged year 7 upwards. Attendance is a gold coin.
The workshops are for rangatahi of Ōtaki to enable them to access the arts to express their ideas and thoughts. The results will also allow them to see the world through their peers’ eyes, discover how to use the arts as a tool for communication and are a way for rangatahi to develop further their imagination.
Te Kahu will be in Otaki on Tuesday 29th May – Thursday 31st May, the following times are available:
Tuesday 29 May
- 11 am – 12:30 pm
- 1:30 – 3 pm
Wednesday 30 May
- 9 – 10:30 am
- 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
- 1:30 – 3 pm
Thursday 31 May
- 9 – 10:30 am
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Open mic event – public welcome
Sign up to attend the workshop by emailing email@example.com
Te Kahu Rolleston is a Māori spoken word poet, a slam poet, a teacher and University of Waikato alumni. He was awarded the Banff in Canada residency to participate in the Indigenous Writing Programme, which included two weeks of intensive writing followed by 10 weeks of working with a mentor where he received one-on-one editorial feedback. Te Kahu has been very successful in recent years. In 2014, he was named the winner of the National Poetry Slam Competition and has performed at various events all over the country, spreading messages that are dear to him. He says “I create poetry that links people to people and people to places. That’s a big part of our kaupapa because if you have respect for your people and the place you are in, there is nothing greater than that.” Te Kahu has also done a lot of work with rangatahi and communities and has taught spoken word at universities, schools and community classes. “I visit schools to help students create”
Te Kahu also uses slam poetry as a tool to teach young people to learn about the treaty, learn about their rights and to link people to people, and people to places. He says “When the treaty is discussed, often a bunch of big words are used that leave people confused but if you were to use a discourse and language that made the treaty seem cool or more intriguing for [youth] or even just easier to understand, obviously then they’ll grasp it and run with it.”
Regardless of attendance, please join us for a public performance by the students of their poetry which will be open to the students’ family, friends and colleagues. This will be at the Māoriland Hub on Thursday May 31st from 12.30pm – 1.30pm where an open mic will be available and students will be encouraged to share their mahi.
- Māoriland Hub
- Totaranui Productions