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Poetry in Multicultural Oceania - Book 2

Using diverse perspectives to build students' understanding of poetry and multiculturalism

Reflecting the great diversity of cultures in the region, the Poetry in Multicultural Oceania series is enriched with a multitude of Aboriginal Australian, Māori, Pasifika, Asian and other voices in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. From this foundation it offers a teaching resource to develop students understanding and appreciation of poetry, with activities including vocabulary, language use and structure, reading and understanding, and evaluation.

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Ages: 12-14 | Pages: 80 | Code: 51064 | ISBN: 9781776555062

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Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ätiawa) commutes between homes in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is widely published across several genre in both his main languages, te reo Mäori and English and his work has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Italian, French, Mandarin, Romanian, Spanish.

He earned a Ph. D from the University of Auckland with a thesis about Colin Wilson and writes extensively about Wilson. Rapatahana is a critic of the agencies of English language proliferation and the consequent decimation of indigenous tongues, inaugurating and co-editing English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, 2012 and 2016).

He is also a poet, with eight collections published in Hong Kong SAR; Macau; Philippines; USA; England; France, India, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Atonement (UST Press, Manila) was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines (2016); he won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize the same year; and was included in Best New Zealand Poems (2017).

In July 2018, he participated in the Hauterives Literary Festival in France. In September 2019, he participated in the World Poetry Recital Night, in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. In October 2019, he participated in the Poetry International Festival at The Southbank Centre, London. He also appeared at the Medellin Poetry Festival in Colombia during August 2021,

Rapatahana is one of the few World authors who consistently writes in and is published in te reo Mäori (the Mäori language). It is his mission to continue to do so and to push for a far wider recognition of the need to write and to be published in this tongue.

New Zealand Book Council Writers File is https://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writer/rapatahana-vaugh

Contents

Introduction4
1. here and there – Mere Taito6
2. From where – Renee Liang8
3. mountains – Apirana Taylor11
4. From This Paper Boat – Gregory Kan15
5. Encounter – Alan Jefferies18
6. Half – Simone Kaho21
7. Childhood – Michelle Cahill24
8. Iwi rules – Reihana Robinson28
9. Beam – Paula Green31
10. Nine year old, bedtime reading – Alison Wong35
11. The promised land – Serie Barford39
12. Wonderful To Relate – Michele Leggott42
13. Calabash Breakers – Selina Tusitala Marsh46
14. Marae – Iain Britton49
15. Ko wai au? – Makyla Curtis53
16. The Country Anywhere Race on Races – Lionel Fogarty56
17. Being White – Shasha Ali59
About the poets65
Suggested answers67