Slam Results and reviews

Posted: August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Nelson July 19th
Nelson held the first slam event of the 2012 NZ Poetry Slam series on Thursday July 19 at the Nelson Music School as part of the Nelson Winter Festival, an audience of 140 watched and enjoyed slam poetry after been well warmed up by Penny Ashton, only seven poets took part, but by all accounts the quality made up for the small quantity of Poets. The eventual winner was Roger Lusby, who flew the flag for Bush” poetry good to see another style of poetry endure, and he will be there at the NZ Slam Final in Wellington November 10th…

Much thanks to Mark Raffills for putting this together and also to the Nelson School of Music for sponsoring and producing the 1st Nelson Poetry Slam…

Thames July 27th
The slam at Thames was held on NZ Poetry Day July 27th…
An audience of around 40 watched listened and enjoyed as 11 poets participated…

Michael Daley and David Legge both from Thames were judged by the audience judges to be the top two, and will be in the Waikato final to be held in Hamilton, the winner of which will be flown to Wellington to be part of the NZ Slam National Final @ Meow Saturday November the 10th…

Big thanks to Greg Brimblecombe and Jill Stead for all their good work in making this happen…

Latest updates and information:

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi there this is for new information etc As it comes to hand, we will also update the relevant page as well…

The NZ Poetry Slam is back for 2012
With the National Final to be held in Wellington later this year @ Meow on Saturday November the 10th.

The winner will be flown to Sydney to be part of the Australian Poetry Slam as a guest performer and meet Slam Poets from all around Australia.
Also the top 3 at the National will represent Aotearoa/NZ at the 2nd Trans Tasman Poetry Slam to be held in 2013
At Easter this year the 1st one(Trans Tasman Poetry Slam) was held in Melbourne with Zane Scarborough of NZ been judged the best Australasian Slam Poet, over all after many poems and rounds it was a dead heat between NZ and Australia, that said NZ holds 2 of the 3 trophies…

This year we have had or are having heats in Thames, Hamilton, Nelson, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and all been well Palmerston North(tbc) watch for further information

Wow what a great night we had at the 1st NZ Poetry Slam, awesome audience, great styles and standards poets/performers, a variety of voices, and lots of heart.

Congratulations to our winner Brad McCormick, 2nd place getter Ali Jacs and 3rd Zane Scarborough.
Thanks not only to all the other finalists, but all that entered around the country, it was a frantic few weeks, but we did it, thanks to all of you from audience to judges, much thanks and appreciation…


Posted: September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized




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Christchurch Slam Info

Posted: September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Christchurch slam 2012

Christchurch you have not and Will not be forgotten
The Christchurch crew are busy working on the fantastic Poetry Survivor as part of the Christchurch Writers Festival end of August

We will update as soon as we have confirmed information

Auckland Poetry Slam Final info

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Auckland Poetry Slam 2012 Info

This year the Auckland heats and final are part of the Legendary Going West Poetry Slam now in its 9th year

Heats and the final are not only for the Going West Poetry Slam with huge prize money
But the top 3 will also be Auckland’s representatives at the NZ National Poetry Slam to be held in Wellington later this year

Heats, entry info etc is as follows…

The annual Going West Poetry Slam brings together poets from around the country to compete in front of a live audience.

With $1000 for first prize, $700 for second prize and $500 for third prize, this year offers the largest cash prizes in New Zealand.

In addition, for the first time, the winners will be taken to Wellington to compete as Auckland’s representatives in the National NZ Poetry Slam Grand Final!

Put your rhyme on the line and slam it out with the best.

Come along to compete or be a voting member of the audience. A bar and supper will be available.

There will be five heats, starting with Heat 1 on 14 August and culminating in the Grand Final on Saturday 8 September.

Tuesday 14 August
The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Road, central Auckland

Registration from 7pm
Slam starts at 8pm

Thursday 23 August
Zeal, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson

Registration from 6pm
Slam starts at 7pm

Saturday 25 August
Titirangi Library, 500 South Titirangi Road

Registration from 12.30pm
Slam starts at 1 pm

Saturday 1 September
Mangere Arts Centre, corner Orly Ave and Bader Drive, Mangere

Registration from 6.30pm
Slam starts at 7pm

Saturday 8 September
Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road

Registration from 6.30pm (please note: registrations are limited)
Slam starts at 7pm
Grand Final to follow Heat Five at approximately 8pm

Wellington Heats and Final

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Wellington Poetry Slam 2012

7pm 6th September in Porirua at The Metro Heat 1
4pm 9th September in Newtown at The Ballroom Heat 2
8pm 14th of September at Fringe Bar Heat 3

Top four from the three heats go through to the regional final.

8pm 21st of September at Fringe Bar Regional Final
Door charge $10 for Fringe and Koha for Ballroom  + Metro.

Email Emma for further information or queries.

Fringe Bar is found at

191 Cuba Street
Wellington 6011
(04) 801 5007

The Ballroom Cafe is found at

9 Riddiford Street  
Newtown 6021
(04) 389 4828

Metro is found at

7 Lydney Pl 
Porirua 5022

NZ Poetry Slam Rules

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 Rules for NZ National Poetry Slam


3 minutes or less with no minimum time (10 second grace period before point’s deduction)

Time starts when poet speaks, however while poets can have time to settle and adjust microphone etc, this time is not limitless; ideally a poet should start after 10 seconds.

Original poems only

No props no music no costumes (i.e. clothing related to the content of your poem)

In the case of a tie a slam off will be required

Random draw, for performance order.

Judging and scoring:

5 Audience Judges (chosen by MC and/or organiser) display score cards 0-10

(Decimal points allowed)

 Top and bottom scores drop off and total of remaining 3 scores is the total

If Poet goes over grace period MC or Timekeeper to ask scorer to mark down points after the judges score… (Half a point penalty for every 10 seconds over time)

Poet to start the night, to help calibrate scores.

 Judges (and audience) will be told that slams are equally about writing, performance and audience response.

After 4 minutes the MC can shut down the poet

Slammers should have at least 3 poems, as for the Regionals and NZ Slam there will be three rounds…