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Margi Mitcalfe DipALT, BA, MMgt, PGDipBusAdmin, CertTESOL, DipCnsllg

Senior Tutor

School of People, Environment and Planning

... "Pākehā talks" in their material.

2011 Landfall 222 published “My life with ceramics”

2011 The New Zealand Listener April 23 published “scraping summer from the sky” 

2012 The Manawatū Standard "The stillest things" and "The wishing tree"

2015 'catch and release': poems from Manawatū  by KUPU published  "Puanga" 

2015  Receipted by Poetry Project   “While he threw clay pots” and "travelling"  Palmerston North City Library 

2015 Sunset at the Estuary Anthology included the poem "Manawatū Estuary Writers' House"

2016 Edited Write to the Centre by Helen Lehndorf for content and cadence, HauNui Press.

2017 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 4 "neglected gifts" 

Some performances and exhibitions:

2008  Visiting Guest Poet at Palmerston North  City Library’s ‘Stand-up Poetry’

 2009  A poetry performance with Karlo Mila and others at Square Edge, in a musical collaboration 'Eyes in the Skies'.

 2009  “Through the leaves of hedges, Pākehā ears” was exhibited along with other poetry and visual prints for Eyes in the Skies, a Matariki exhibition.

2011 “My life with Ceramics” was performed with Tim Upperton Joy Green, Helen Lehndorf and others at Te Manawa Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Len Castle ceramics exhibition.

2012 “The stillest things” and “On travelling” were performed as part of the Festival of New Arts.

 2014  “We were all pure once” was performed at  the Festival of New Arts.

Margi's visual art has been exhibited at Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust Museum and Art Gallery, at NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Snails Artists Run Space, the Hawkes Bay Arts Review at Central Hawkes Bay, and sold through Taylor-Jensen Gallery

Some Poetry Competition results:

2005    “Square Rondo” First prize, judged by Bruce McKenzie, Poetry on the Square competition. 

2006   “The Stillest Things” Highly commended, by judge, Elizabeth Smither, AA national poetry competition

 2006   “Biography of a dancer” Highly commended by judge, Tony Beyer, Bravado International Poetry Competition.

 2008    “She steps from behind” Second prize in the national Northland poetry competition.

 2015: "Puanga"  Third place in KUPU poetry competion.


2007 New Zealand Federation of University Women Scholarship for Masters’ study.

2009 MUSA nomination for Lecturer of the Year

2013 Cross-cultural,community gardening on the berms project: New Zealand Best Green Fingered Neighbour Award 

Margi Mitcalfe taught in Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry (230.111) and its equivalents for 15 years part-time. She now teaches Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging (230.110). Margi has also taught Creative Writing (139.123). She has an interest in mindfulness, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and identity, and has community involvement with cross-cultural, sustainable, earth-based resilience. She also writes the occasional poem. From 2003-2010 her poems were published in literary journals and magazines, Bravado, Kōkako, Poetry New Zealand, Takahē, Southern Ocean review, Spin and in the anthology Kaupapa: New Zealand poets, world issue. From 2011 Te Kotahitanga bicultural education programme has included the poem...

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Contact details

  • Ph: 81995
    Location: 2.18, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • Diploma in Adult Learning and Teaching - Massey University (2000)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1997)
  • Master of Management - Massey University (2009)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration - Massey University (2006)
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages - Massey University (2000)
  • Diploma in Counselling - Universal College of Learning (2000)

Research Expertise


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

In 2008-2009, Margi taught the Learning Community class of 230.100, a class for Maori and Pasifika students to opt into. In 2009, she was nominated Lecturer of the Year in the MUSA awards. Margi continues to cater to the diverse cultures and learning styles of her students, successfully orienting her interactive teaching to the diverse personalities that comprise the 230.100 classroom. 

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