November 01, 2019
NZ Wars history comes down to The Kids Next Door
One of the winners of Auckland Museum’s Rā Maumahara poetry competition says she wanted to reflect on how the past informs the present.
The competition asked people to reflect on who is the 'we' in the line from the national anthem, ‘in the bonds of love we meet.’
South Auckland lawyer Elizabeth Gresson says in thinking about the New Zealand Wars, she could see its traces today, which she put into her poem The Kids Next Door.
"It’s very much a story about Māori, about Pakeha, about land, about people, about power, about politics and all these things. I have a bicultural grandson and I felt it was really important he knows these stories and he can talk about them and he has an authentic voice so all these things were running through me as I wrote it," she says.
Elizabeth Gresson says she’d like to see more poetry taught in schools, especially the Māori tradition of poetry.
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