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Four Young New Zealanders Set to Take On the World

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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.

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These funds will go towards travel and associated costs of getting these four poets and their support team to the Brave New Voices festival.

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  • Lincoln Boyd - Inspired Intermediate Student

    Lincoln Boyd - Inspired Intermediate Student 4 days ago


    I saw your article in the North Shore Times and cut it out. I want to support you and help you get to the States and represent our country. I am so inspired I'm taking your article to school to ask my teacher if we can do Slam Poetry. It's a moderm way to debate and be heard. Well done Ngã Hine Pukõrero. From Lincoln, 11yrs old.


    • Action Education

      Hey Lincoln! We were so touched to receive both your donation and your comment! That is so very cool! Action Education is the organisation which organises Word - The Front Line which is an Inter High School Poetry Slam that Ngã Hine Pukõrero won last year. We facilitate spoken word and slam poetry workshops in schools and would love to come and run one in your class for free if that was ok with your teacher and school, we could even see if some members from Ngã Hine Pukõrero could join us! Please send an email to and we can see what we might be able to organise!

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Action Education was established in 1981. We are a community organisation that believes creativity and our ability to express who we are is fundamental to our well being. We provide platforms and opportunities for people to connect, reflect and express who they are and strengthen community and identity through creative self-expression.

Our Vision:

Young people are free to express their diversity and inherent creativity.

Our Mission:

To utilise creative and action-based methods to engage young people in a journey of reflection and exploration. It is through this journey that they become actively involved in their own development.

Our Values:

Engagement: Action Education has a rich history of effectively engaging with young people. This is the foundation we stand on. We continue to meet young people where they are, utilise their strengths and ignite their passion.

Growth: Growth is a reflective learning process that allows for holistic integration of self.

Journey: Personal development is a lifelong journey. By acknowledging this, we can walk alongside others in theirs.

Authenticity: Authenticity is crucial for building an environment of trust so that an effective working relationship can occur.

Diversity: It is through acknowledging diversity that the richness of the human experience is celebrated. Everyone’s experience is unique and we all require opportunities to hour this.

Creativity: Creativity is necessary.

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“Ka rawe! Go for it!!!”
“Wow well done wahine ma! Your performances are very moving. You give me hope for the future for our next generations. Good luck, arohanui :-)”
“Kia ora mana wahine, You are a credit to Aotearoa and you do us proud with your strength, wisdom, and compassion. Arohanui, Monique”
“You deserve to heard”
“Swings for the greens!”
“You're awesome!”
“Good luck! Kia kaha, and congratulations on your achievements. Hope the experience is enriching and enjoyable.”
“Ngā Hine Pūkōrero: Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa”
“The Women's Bookshop is delighted to support four such amazing young women. Take us to the world!”
“Much alofas from the cast/poets of SAPC show BETWEEN THE PAGES. Write on Poets xo”
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