Thursday 19 February, 6pm: Spoken World with the South Auckland Poets Collective / Kahu Youth crib, open to all students

Discover planet Spoken word with The South Auckland Poets Collective.

Youth workers, Poetry Idol winners, honest, engaging speakers – SAPC bring big hearts to their work with teenagers all around NZ, helping them find their own voices for their own big issues. 

Honed with English teachers, and grounded in the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, the workshops of SAPC open up the doors to a new form of self-expression. Personal struggles or joys - attendees will be given the keys to unlocking their stories and using the power of words to get heard.

With a background in community volunteering and youth work, Zane Scarborough is a manager for Attitude, which works nationally with teenagers on issues around drugs, alcohol, sex, depression, suicide and social media. Zane has travelled the country presenting the Attitude programme in New Zealand high schools since 2006. He has delivered over 1,200 presentations to more than 150,000 teenagers throughout the New Zealand. In 2013 he won the Auckland Writers Festival’s Poetry Idol event. 

A member of the South Auckland Poets Collective since 2010 and of the Rising Voices youth poetry movement since 2011, Marina Alefosio was a semi-finalist at Rising Voices 2012, runner up at Poetry Idol 2013 and regularly hosts Stand Up Poetry open mic at various venues throughout South Auckland. She considers herself to be primarily a storyteller who uses colloquialism, sarcasm and realism to showcase her poetry pieces focussed on what she deems ‘’the struggle’’ of being a proud South Auckland resident, young mother and New Zealand born Samoan woman with a full heart and empty wallet. She is passionate about growing the spoken word community within New Zealand and has performed at various venues and events including TedX Auckland, Leadership New Zealand, Nuyorican Poets Café New York and recently, the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia.