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This is history in the making.
In 2018, Ngā Hine Pūkōrero competed against 44 other high school teams to be crowned the grand slam champions of ‘Word - The Front Line,’ the largest poetry slam in Aotearoa.
Two months later they also won the Trans-Tasman Poetry Youth Slam in Melbourne.
These victories have secured them an invitation to the world’s biggest youth poetry slam. In July they will travel across the Pacific to share their voices with the world at the 2019 Brave New Voices (BNV) Youth Poetry Festival in the United States.
No team from New Zealand has ever competed at BNV before, in fact this is the first time anyone from Australasia will compete and represent their country at this prestigious event.
Founded in 1996, Brave New Voices is the largest international Youth Poetry Slam Festival in the world. Every year, over 500 young poets, their mentors, and the nation’s leading artists and cultural workers convene in a different U.S. city for 4-5 days of arts education, artistic expression, and civic engagement. Over 50 teams compete in the poetry slam, with a finals event that regularly draws thousands of audience members and has been in held in historic venues such as The Apollo Theatre in Harlem New York. The finale of Brave New Voices in 2008 and 2010 was aired on HBO as part of a documentary series.
Ngā Hine Pūkōrero are a group of four Rangatahi Māori whose work is richly woven with themes of indigenous and gender issues. They use Waiata, Karakia and Te Reo Māori throughout their poetry. They dismantle stereotypes, confront the challenges their generation faces and share new perspectives that until now have rarely been heard.
Support these brave new voices to take up this once in a lifetime opportunity and represent Aotearoa on the world stage.
Our Vision is to enable rangatahi to express their authenticity while growing a vibrant community that supports them. We provide programmes and platforms for them to explore their voice and develop their artistic skills through spoken word poetry.
These funds will go towards travel and associated costs of getting these four poets and their support team to the Brave New Voices festival.
Thank You So Much! We Are Almost There! 13 June 2019
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity, we have almost reached our target! We have received an amazing amount of support from right across the globe and we are so grateful!
Ngā Hine Pūkōrero are furiously working on the new material needed for the slam as they need 10 poems to compete at Brave New Voices. We are happy to say that there new work is breathe taking and you will have opportunities to see some of this before they depart. Please watch this space!
If you can continue to please share our page we are sure to push our target over the line!! Thank you so much!