Leilani Tamu

Leilani Tamu is a poet, Fulbright alumna and former New Zealand diplomat. She has ancestral and marital ties to Samoa, Tonga and Niue. Her first book The Art of Excavation was long listed in the 2015 Ockham national book awards. Leilani was born in Auckland in 1982.

Aug 22, 2020

My childhood was branded by shame. I'll no longer let it define me

If we want to address family violence in Aotearoa, we need to change the way we act and think about shame.

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Mar 1, 2017

The long nightmare of imperialism: part 3 of the strange story of Tonga's lost island of 'Ata

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books looks at Scott Hamilton's brilliant new book, The Stolen Island, his investigation into the people-snatching raid on the Tongan island of 'Ata. Today: Leilani Tamu writes, "When the slavers came, they took more than our men. They raped our women. Beat our children. Pissed on our ancestors. Pissed on us."

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