Our vision is to see and hear our New Zealand and Pacific TRUE VOICES PROUDLY SPOKEN. Niu Navigations is committed to promoting Aotearoa and Pacific poetry. We believe our people should be cultivating, creating and sharing their own stories. Providing opportunities and platforms for New Zealand and Pacific poets to develop artistically
Grace Taylor - "Spoken Word Poet / Teaching Artist / Writer / Co-Director of Niu Navigations Born and raised Aotearoa born afakasi women, mother is from Moata'a Samoa, father from Glastonbury England. Worked as a youth development worker in Auckland for 8 years. 7 years experience as a spoken word poet. Co-founder of South Auckland Poets Collective and the Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement. Completing a Masters of Youth Development at AUT. 7 years experience facilitating spoken word poetry workshops, programmes and events. Currently completing first collection of poetry 'Afakasi Speaks' with Ala Press, Hawaii.
Daren Kamali is a Pacific Performance Poet, author and creative youth worker. Of Fijian, Wallis & Futuna heritage, Daren has been in Aotearoa for the last 17years. Fullbright and Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence 2012, Univerity of Hawaii. NZ delegate for the Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012 (Solomon Islands) & 2004 (Palau). Launch of book "Tales, Poems & Songs from the Underwater World" in 2011. Currently completing 2nd book "Squid Out of Water" with Ala Press, Hawaii. Co-Founder of South Auckland Poets Collective in 2008. Final year in a Bachelor of Creative Writing (MIT). Holds 10 years experience as a Creative Arts Youth Worker/Mentor. 15 years of practice in the Creative Arts.