Hello and Happy New Year!

Poetry Live 2018 begins on Waitangi Day – let’s go straight into the crucible of New Zealand’s alleged history and well-spun race relations.

There’ll be prizes for stand-out work on Te Tiriti O Waitangi, or let fly with whatever’s been sweltering in your soul-sphere over these last melting months.

Poetry Live presents;

    Lukas Wharekura and Vaughan Rapatahana




Lukas Wharekura is an Auckland based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who has been making a name for himself as a musical jack of all trades. His eclectic discography is expanding and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Among the most note-able projects he’s been involved in is the five piece genre bending sound machine known as “Strangely Arousing” and the psychedelic Maori blues band “Kiko”. He’s currently touring with Strangely Arousing and with a Kiko E.p in the works.




Vaughan Rapatahana commutes between Hong Kong SAR, Philippines and Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s widely published across several genre in Maori, English and other languages. He was a semi-finalist in the Proverse Prize for Literature in 2009; highly commended in the 2013 erbacce poetry prize (from 6000+ entrants); won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize in 2016, the same year as his poetry collection Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. His latest poetry collection is ternion (erbacce-press, Liverpool, England).


Rapatahana has a PhD in existential philosophy from University of Auckland – he is also a language critic and instigated and co-edited English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, U.K, 2012 and 2016).



Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform


Koha entry

MC Simone


See you there!

Poetry Live: 37 years and still strong
Every Tuesday night at the Thirsty Dog on K Road.

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