Puke Ariki event was a smorgasbord of poems

Wow! What a great event at Puke Ariki last night. A good crowd of parents and children and poetry fans turned up. We even made up a poem for the library and museum.

I would have loved Fiona Farrell, Bill Nagelkerke and Joy Cowley to hear children from Egmont Village School recite their poems. Just fabulous. If only you could have heard Breanna recite Joy’s ‘Haere Mai ki te Moe. ‘ wonderful! Jasmin had brought a gigantic bear to hold as she recited James K Baxter’s ‘Growley Bear. ‘

Emily Boulton, who now goes to Hawera Intermediate, read her poem in the Treasury and a few newer ones.
So lovely to meet her and have her sign books with me and Elizabeth Smither. Elizabeth was our special Taranaki guest. She picked a squishy tomato poem by Fiona Farrell and one of Sam Hunt’s earliest poems (written when he was about 7!) along with her own. I just love her daisy poem and had read to a school in the afternoon!

So moving to hear children from Egmont Village School, Woodleigh School and Frankley School read poems on the theme of Our Place.

I loved them all but I especially loved Emma Kehely reading ‘My Grandma Cup Cake Making’ and Riley Tuuta reading ‘My Special Place.’ Congratulations young poets, you all did your selves and schools proud.

It is 6am as I write this and I have glowing goose bumps thinking of it!

Thank you New Plymouth. Thank you teachers, Poppies and Puke Ariki.

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