MON 28 OCT, 11AM

Leading up to He Rā Maumahara New Zealand Wars day of remembrance, Tāmaki Paenga Hira ran a spoken word poetry competition for Aucklanders to present their perspectives on this often neglected part of our history that shaped the nation. 

Come and experience the poems in the museum on Monday 28 October.

We've invited poets to unpack this years theme: In the bonds of love we meet... Who is the 'We'? Weaving concepts of knowledge gaps, forgotten histories and the failure of national identity, the successful poems will illuminate and guide the listener to consider the nuance and complexity of our national, collective story. 

This commemoration is important to continue to explore New Zealand's past and to find pathways to perceive our future. There are many unknown and forgotten stories concerning the New Zealand Wars that we can encourage all Aucklanders who call New Zealand home to seek out and explore this dark time in our history.

The five winners from the New Zealand Wars Poetry competition will perform their poems in the Museum on 28 October between 11am and 2pm.

These poems will go some way in revealing our collective blind spots or challenge assumptions. With the announcement by the Prime Minster recently regarding the introduction of New Zealand history as a compulsory part of the curriculum its an important time to hold this conversation with all New Zealanders.

An opportunity for visitor feedback as to how they would like us to remember the New Zealand wars in the future will also be available. We welcome your feedback and comments.

Image: The North Island of New Zealand embracing the country round Auckland, Wellington & New Plymouth: seat of war in New Zealand