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A Million Poems for Matariki 2009

Devonport Peninsula, Auckland

Inaugural NZ Poet Laureate Michele Leggott and Devonport Community Coordinator Maire Vieth asked school children and interested adults to contribute poster poems for display in the North Shore community June-July 2009. Michele visited Stanley Bay and Devonport Primary Schools, and Michael King Writer in Residence David Eggleton went to Belmont Intermediate. Chalk poems covered school playgrounds and poster poems were read by children at the launch of Michele’s laureate collection Mirabile Dictu in the Devonport Library. David Eggleton wrote a poem about staying up all night to watch for Matariki. A total of 1103 poster poems were on display during the school holidays and are now held in bound volumes at the local library.

Michele Leggott’s call for poems June 2009:

When the stars of Matariki come over the northeastern horizon just before dawn early in June the old year ends and a new year is beginning. Is the star cluster bright and jewel-like in a clear sky or a hazy shimmer in the east? Look up or look into your imagination and tell us what Matariki looks like from where you stand in the world of light. We'd like to have a sky-ful of poems to read and put up around our community, so write a poem on this poster and be part of A Million Poems for Matariki!


Poster Poems

Abbey Hooper Y10 SBS
Alba Garcia Y9 DPS
Alex Anstiss Y11 AT
Alisa Jaakkola Y6 SBS
Alister Y5 SBS
Anabella Simmons Y8 SBS
Ben Hansen Y6 BPS
Ben Wilks Y12 BIS
Calem Roberts BPS
Catherine Kelsey Adult SBS
Chris Bentley SBS
Daniel Hemme Y10 BPS
David Sorrenson Y12 BIS
Eden Holdaway Y7 BPS
Eleanor Dewar Y9 SBS
Eva Mackenzie Y7 BPS
Evie Y8 SBS
Finn Cordwell AT
Gabriel Raubenheimer Y11 BIS
Hunter Linton Y11 AT
Isobel Paris-Gray Y8 BPS
Jarrah Swift Y9 BWTR
Juno Wangford DPS
Loretta Riach Y8 SBS
Louis Y5 SBS
Martha Hudson Y9 DPS
Nate Y5 SBS
Nia Miles Y8 SBS
Oliver Gent Y9 DPS
Oliver Goulden Y8 DPS
Paddy Chambers Y12 BIS
Paris Wichman Y5 DPS
Reeneke Combrinck Y8 BPS
Sam Hunter Y9 SBS
Scott Moore Y11 SBS
Toby R
Tui Bendall Adult
William O'Brien Y5 StLeo

AT  Appletree Learning Centre
BWTR Bayswater Primary School
BIS  Belmont Intermediate School
BPS Belmont Primary School
DPS Devonport Primary School
SBS Stanley Bay Primary School
StLeo St Leo's Catholic Primary School