Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


“An Army of Poets’ Voices” Raised Loudly for Justice

Press Release


“An Army of Poets’ Voices” Raised Loudly for Justice

Major Poetry Slam Announced on NZ’s National Poetry Day

A massive “poetry slam” aimed at all voices united on justice, is to be held on Thursday 27th October, 2016 at St Paul’s Crypt (Auckland) [announced today, NZ’s National Poetry day.]

“We want an army of poets’ voices, raised loudly for justice,” says Ian McInnes, CEO of Tearfund (the convenor of the competition). “Poetry is the new battlefield for justice, and youth in particular are seeing injustice all round them right now. Those with a passion for justice should enter the Justice Slam – and be prepared for tough competition, and exciting performances. This is a chance for kiwi voices to be raised loudly, and a chance to tell others what living justly means.”

The slam host is international spoken word poet and justice advocate Micah Bournes, based in the US, who has created a video to promote the event.https://youtu.be/p64S0SV-ayk Bournes’ spoken-word poetry video on justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpl84D-uNmY has garnered 65,000 views. Drawing on the roots of hip hop, he is celebrated worldwide for his powerful performance and written expression.

The Justice Slam has been convened by Tearfund in the lead up to its inaugural Justice Conference, a global platform on justice being held in Auckland 28-29 October 2016. International speakers such as Micah Bournes, Eugene Cho, Danielle Strickland, Joel McKerrow, and conference founder Ken Wytsma will speak, as well as key New Zealand speakers such as Rod Oram, Bishop Justin Duckworth and Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

As part of the Justice Conference, the Justice Slam will assemble an “army of poets” (in Bournes’ original words) setting out to fight for justice through creativity and raw honesty.

“Poetry like this proves the pen is mightier than the sword,” says Mr McInnes. “It galvanises action. The Justice Slam is a dialogue for disadvantage, and a platform for change from the heart.”

Helping out organising the Justice Slam are performance poetry veterans Action Education, a champion of NZ youth creativity and sponsoring the event is Mrs Higgins.

About the Justice Slam

• The winner will capture $500 cash (courtesy of sponsor Mrs Higgins) and perform in front of 500 people at The Justice Conference.

• To enter for the chance to compete, enter at http://www.thejusticeconference.org.nz/justice-slam with a video (quality of footage not important) performing your poem – submit the link to YouTube.

• Entries close on Friday 30th September

• Judges will screen the entries at the Tearfund offices between October 3rd-5th and the successful finalists will be notified by Thursday 6th October

• Finalists perform live at St Paul’s Crypt. For further details and full conditions of entry see: http://www.thejusticeconference.org.nz/justice-slam

The Justice Slam Finals

What: Finalists prepare to perform three different poems (3min length) over three rounds touching on the subject of justice. How this is defined that is up to the poets.

When: Thursday, 27th October 7.30pm sharp [doors open 7pm] $10 entry per person

Where: St Paul’s Crypt, 28 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland


• On the Justice Slam night, four judges will grade the poets’ performances in knock out rounds, from 16 poets, to eight, to four- to one winner!

• Three judges will be local well-known spoken word poets, and one will be chosen from the audience on the night


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels