Audience: Years 7-10
Submitted by: Morgan McCarter and David Hartwig
- A larger-than-life Māori statue by Molly McAlister was erected in downtown Auckland in 1967. Five years later Hone Tuwhare wrote a poem addressed to the statue, mixing Māori language with everyday English ('your balls, mate'). Listen to Tuwhare reading this poem, one of the funniest published in New Zealand.
- a support website with a range of resources which examines and aspects of the work. of Hone Tuwhare
Consider the following focus questi
- What is the poem about?
- Describe the use of personification in the poem? Why does the poet speak from the perspective of the statue?
- Describe the tone of the poem.
- Identify three poetic techniques used in the poem and discuss their effect.
- What does the poet mean by how the hell can you welcome the Overseas Dollar, if you can’t open your mouth to poke your tongue out ?