Tusiata Avia

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer

Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and writer. She has published three books of poetry, a chapbook, three children’s books and is included in over 100 anthologies, journals and online publications. Tusiata has held a number of writers’ residencies and awards, including the CNZ Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at University of Hawai’i and the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. Known for her dynamic performance style, she wrote and then performed Wild Dogs Under My Skirt as a one-woman show (2002-2009). In 2016 it became a multi award-winning play for 6 women, directed by Anapela Polata’ivao. In January 2020 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt made its American debut, Off- Broadway.

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Tusiata Avia turns into evil-poet-werewolf, and responds to the complaints against her in the New Zealand Media Council ruling, re: The 250th anniversary of James Cook's arrival in New Zealand.


From One Bloody Woman to Another

Leafā Wilson, Tusiata Avia and Pelenakeke Brown speak to Bloody Woman by Lana Lopesi.


Memorial (22 February 2011)

Tusiata Avia writes a poem in remembrance of the Christchurch earthquakes 10 years on.

Pacific Arts Legacy Project17.12.20

Reigniting the Flame

After plotting to escape Christchurch, Tusiata Avia returned in 1999 to find a new Pacific arts community. Author, poet, Arts Laureate and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Tusiata reflects on her legacy


Tatau was once the precious art of Samoan women, but it's now an artform dominated by men. Tusiata Avia explores the Tatau exhibition at Te Papa to find herself there.


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