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Special Gift For New Zealand Poet Laureate

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New Zealand’s latest Poet Laureate received a special gift during a ceremony at a Hawke’s Bay marae this morning.

Selina Tusitala Marsh was presented with her own tokotoko (carved walking stick) created by Haumoana artist Jacob Scott in front of more than 100 people at Matahiwi Marae.

Each Laureate is presented with their own tokotoko, which symbolises the authority and status of a Poet Laureate, made by Scott.

The poet gave Scott a number of taonga (treasures) to be used in the creation of the tokotoko including a Samoan fue (fly whisk), pounamu and stones.

Photo: Selina Tusitala Marsh being welcomed onto Matahiwi Marae by Des Ratima. Photo/Duncan Brown

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