Thursday, June 26, 2008

“The Internet has many pathways. One of the oldest are the myriad of professional mailing lists – or listservs. This example comes from the NZ school world. A member posts a query – and her answer is there by lunchtime.

From: Bridget Schaumann
Sent: Wednesday, 25 June 2008 10:04 a.m.
Subject: Re: New Zealand War Poetry

Hello all,
A quick query from one of my students.
We are on the hunt for poetry from the wars, must be New Zealand poetry, any war that New Zealand has been involved in. We want poems that are grunty and have punch, they are for use in a Speech Competition at the weekend. Any suggestions gratefully received.Cheers and thanks in advance
Bridget Schaumann
King's High Dunedin

From: Fran McGowan
Subject: RE: New Zealand War Poetry has online examples of New Zealand poems from the Boer War at

One of New Zealand’s leading poets, Vincent O’Sullivan wrote a piece for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior unveiling ceremony held in 2004. You can read (and listen) to this piece on

Other New Zealand poets include Alistair Te Ariki Campbell’s 1999 publication, Gallipoli and other poems and Jock McKenzie’s The Menin Road, which was also published in 1999.
Regards Fran McGowan
Research and Library AdviserMinistry for Culture and Heritage

From: Sanya Baker
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:20:29 +1200To:
Subject: RE: New Zealand War Poetry help please

Hi Bridget,
Can I also suggest Maori Battalion: a poetic sequence by Alister Te Ariki Campbell, James K Baxter’s Returned Soldier and Elegy for an Unknown Soldier (both in the anthology Selected Poems : James K. Baxter selected and edited by J. E. Weir) and, apparently there are some poems by kiwi soldiers in the anthology: The Happy Warrior: an anthology of Australian and New Zealand military poetry selected and compiled by Paul Barrett and Kerry B. Collison.
Kind regards,
Sanya Baker
Librarian Auckland Grammar School


Anonymous said...

Don't you love a librarian!

Beattie's Book Blog said...

Librarians, love 'em all. And nice to see them listed the other day as among our most trusted citizens.
Worth their weight in gold I reckon.

Vanda Symon said...

Bridget, who originally asked the question, is the Kings High School librarian, and utterly fabulous!

They are lucky boys at that school.