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A Waka of Stars: Robert Sullivan


Date & Time:
4.00pm - 5.00pm, 25 June

The Godley Hotel, 2 Rapuwai Lane, Takapō

Robert Sullivan (Ngāi Tahu, Ngapuhi) is one of New Zealand's leading poets, whose work spans oral traditions, our connection to the stars, to the Pacific and the waka of old - as well as the ins and outs of modern life.

Robert is the author of a number of books of poetry including Star Waka (Auckland University Press, 1999), which has gone through multiple reprints, a graphic novel and a prize-winning book of Māori legends for children. He co-edited, with Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri, the anthologies of Polynesian poetry in English, Whetu Moana and Mauri Ola, and an anthology of Māori poetry with Whaitiri, Puna Wai Kōrero. Tūnui | Comet is his eighth collection of poems. Based in Oamaru, he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Massey University, and also teaches te reo Māori at Waitaki Boys High School

He speaks with Kāi Tahu writer and rongoā practitioner Arihia Latham about how kā whetū, the stars, feature in oratory and poetry from Aotearoa and the Pacific, and reads poems old and new - including from his latest book, Tūnui | Comet.

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As this is an indoor event, please wear your mask. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. If you are unable to attend this event, please email at your earliest convenience to allow someone else to attend. Ngā mihi nui.