The Pantograph Punch publishes
urgent and vital cultural commentary
by the most exciting new voices
The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa.
Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer
Daren Kamali (Fijian, Uvean, Futunan, Samoan and Scottish) migrated to Aotearoa from Fiji at 17 and is a poet, curator, artist, researcher and current Heritage Pacific Advisor at Auckland Libraries (Research and Heritage). Daren holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology (2014) and Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours), University of Auckland (2017). He was the Fulbright/CNZ – Pacific Writer in Residence at University of Hawai’i (2012), and attended the International Writers program – Iowa City, USA (2014). Daren has a Pan Pacific approach to writing and performance that reflects his multi-cultural background and upbringing in Fiji and Aotearoa NZ. His published works include Vunimaqo and Me: Mango Tree Collections (Kava Bowl Media, 2020); Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World (Anahera Press, 2011) and Squid Out of Water: the evolution (Ala Press, Hawaii, 2014). Daren has also released two albums BulAotearoa – Immigrant Story (2000) and Keep it Real (2005).