Chris Redmond and Liv Torc from Hot Poets.

British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific is delighted to support renowned UK poetry activist collective Hot Poets in their participation in the Auckland Writers Festival.

“Our Culture, Our Climate – Voices from Across the Pacific” is the culmination of a three-month collaboration between Hot Poets and dynamic Māori & Pacific poets based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland curated by Zech Soakai.

In addition to Zech Sokai as curator/convener, and Chris Redmond and Liv Torc from Hot Poets, the poets are as follows

  • Aigagalefili Fepulea'i-Tapua'i
  • Kapitania Funaki
  • Mercy Laufale
  • Luani Nansen
  • Simaima Palei
  • Jonjon Tolovae
  • Kasi Valu
  • Rachel Viliamu 

 Together they’ve embarked on a journey of understanding of how art and activism intersect, and co-created powerful works that amplify the stories and voices of those from across the Moana who are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis.

The urgent and moving resulting work captures personal, political, local and global narratives of the climate emergency’s effects through the lens of tangata whenua & tangata moana poets and storytellers.

This project is supported through the British Council’s Connections Through Culture grant programme.

About Hot Poets

Hot Poets is an ambitious, award-winning, internationally focused arts organisation, working to powerfully communicate climate change science and action through spoken word poetry. They create dynamic arts and science collaborations and partnerships with top climate change organisations and world class artists – exploring beyond the climate crisis to the science and imagination needed to save our world. Visit About - Hot Poets for more information.

Hot Poets at the Auckland Writers Festival

Our Culture, Our Climate – Voices from Across the Pacific

Saturday 18 May 2024

7.00pm – 8.00pm


Hunua Room, Aotea Centre

More info  here. 

Voices from the Pacific – Britomart Panels

Read through the powerful words of four emerging Pacific storytellers.

Friday 17 May 2024

6.00pm – 8.00pm


More info here.