Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival in the USA.

Four brilliant young women took on the world – becoming the first kiwis to compete at Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival

Watch their story on 7 Sharp here.

Rob Tuwhare’s Granddaughter, Manaia, started writing at school and was part of four friends at Western Springs College that cleaned up NZ and Australia Spoken Word, then Los Vegas at the 2019 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. (We donated towards their trip.)

Manaia now works in schools via Action Education (Youth line) talking to students about writing / spoken word.

Big Thank You from Ngāhine Pūkōrero
Kia ora Whānau Tomorrow Ngāhine Pūkōrero will depart from Aotearoa and embark on the journey to compete on the world stage of Brave New Voices 2019

We just want to offer a huge thank you and send out a big mihi to you all of you who gave so generously and enabled this to happen. We appreciate you so much.

Thank you so much for your belief in these incredible young women and what they have to say. It takes team work to make the dream work and we would not be here without you, we cannot thank you enough.

So we depart for LA tomorrow afternoon when we arrive we will spend some time sightseeing, rehearsing and acclimatising then on the night of the 16th Ngāhine Pūkōrero will feature at Da Poetry Lounge which we are very excited about. Da Poetry Lounge is the largest and longest running weekly venue in Hollywood’s history, and the largest weekly venue in the country. This is an amazing opportunity and will mean the team will be able to test their new material on an American audience.

Then on the morning of the 17th we drive up to Las Vegas to Brave New Voices for the opening night. The team will take part in workshops on the 18th then the quarter finals begin on the 19th. We will do our best to live stream our performances and keep everyone up to date on our Facebook page so please follow us on Action Education Inc.

We have a small thank you from the girls here, PASSWORD: Lets Go!