Student's viral passionate slam poem aims to break Maori stereotypes

we love 27/09/2017

"This brown skin means theft – not true; These hands means fight –not true; This culture means domestic violence – not true; I am a different shade of brown."

It's a poem that Dilworth School student Jai Selkirk spoke on stage in front of this month's Word: The Front Line Poetry Slam. 

In performance, Jai speaks from personal experience about the verbal stereotypes of Maori that are "not true", with the 4 minute poem receiving endless praise from audiences and online for his powerful words.

His performance helped his Dilworth team secure an invite to an Australian youth poetry conference, and the video has collected almost a million views on Facebook.