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Poetry in Multicultural Oceania - Book 1

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

Reflecting the great diversity of cultures in the region, Poetry in Multicultural Oceania 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.

Ages: 12-14 | Pages: 76 | Code: 51015 | ISBN: 9781776553945

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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. Food Hall – Doug Poole6
2. Ranfurly Shield Challenge – Rangi Faith9
3. Barriers – Hinewirangi12
4. My Mission – Ali Cobby Eckermann14
5. Refugees – Esteban Espinoza16
6. Nana – Robert Sullivan19
7. New Year – Kiri Piahana-Wong22
8. Talking Up to the White Woman – Kerry Reed-Gilbert26
9. I'm a blackfella – Steven Oliver28
10. Waiting Rooms and Visiting Hours [2.4] – Olivia Macassey32
11. Alien Enemy No. 10695 – Leilani Tamu35
12. The inconvenient coat rack – Chris Tse39
13. My mother has had the same Taiwanese mobile number – Ya-wen Ho42
14. Irony and Impressionism in the Twenty-first Century – Michael O'Leary45
15. What Greta Garbo Offered – Ivy Alvarez49
16. Belief in the Pacific – David Eggleton53
17. my flag – Kit Kelen56
About the poets60
Suggested answers62