In­ter­na­tional first

Mo­hawk a guest

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET IRVINE

The po­etry of Cana­dian Mo­hawk writer Janet Marie Rogers comes to Porirua this week.

This year’s Toi Maori Aotearoa guest, Rogers, from the Six Na­tions ter­ri­tory in south­ern On­tario, is vis­it­ing New Zealand to take part in cul­tural events around the coun­try.

On Thurs­day evening she will take part in a po­etry read­ing with Api­rana Tay­lor at Pataka Mu­seum.

Rogers, was born in Van­cou­ver and be­gan her cre­ative ca­reer as a vis­ual artist. In 1996 she be­gan writ­ing and has worked and stud­ied in po­etry, short fic­tion, science fic­tion, play­writ­ing, spo­ken word per­for­mance po­etry and video po­etry.

Her lit­er­ary pas­sions are her na­tive her­itage, fem­i­nism, his­tor­i­cal ter­ri­to­ries, hu­man love, sex­u­al­ity and spirit.

On Fri­day night Rogers will blend with the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic of Aotearoa in a per­for­mance by The Wa­iata and the Word col­lec­tive, in Rau­mati South.

‘‘This will be a great op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce her to our lo­cal com­mu­nity and wel­come her to our end of the world,’’ said The Wa­iata and the Word mem­ber Troy Hunt.

‘‘Boggy [Paul Bognuda] and Lind­say Rab­bitt were talk­ing about hav­ing an­other gig, so I sug­gested we in­vite Janet to take part – our first in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion.’’

Hunt said the per­for­mance could be ‘‘to­tally by the seat of our pants’’ al­though he was hop­ing they might have some re­hearsal time to­gether.

‘‘She has had a look at our mu­sic on YouTube and knows our back­ground. We need to find a sound­scape to play be­hind some of her po­ems.’’

Usu­ally the group in­ter­spersed Rab­bitt’s po­etry with their songs. ‘‘This per­for­mance will be dif­fer­ent. We will open, then she will per­form her po­etry with us play­ing our mu­sic where we can on a cou­ple of her works, then The Wa­iata and the Word will fin­ish.’’

Hunt plays gui­tar and tra­di­tional Maori flutes, the koauau and pu­torino. He and his son Luther will be cre­at­ing sounds to ac­com­pany Rogers at the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val in March, at the launch of Ihi­maera, a record­ing of 12 of Witi Ihi­maera’s po­ems by lead­ing New Zealand mu­si­cians.

Hunt and Tay­lor speak the word at Pataka from 7pm to 8pm on Thurs­day. Rogers’ Kapiti per­for­mance, with The Wa­iata and the Word, is on Fri­day, 7.30pm, at Lem­bas Cafe, Rau­mati South, $10.

Vis­it­ing per­former: Tour­ing Cana­dian Mo­hawk Janet Marie Rogers is bring­ing her po­etry to Rau­mati South.

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