Daisy Lavea-Timo is a poet, rugby league prop and producer. A black and white Samoan lens converges and in those thousand shades of grey, Daisy explores what it means to be a straddler of worlds: a kiwi-born, fluent-Samoan speaking and traditional tattoo-wielding Matai/Chief.
Crowned as the current New Zealand Slam Poetry Champion, she believes in the power of words and holding the vā/spaces for people to share their own stories. Daisy’s poetry ciphers around talanoa/dialogues about identity, purpose and leadership.
As an intern at Regenerate Christchurch, she wrote her MBA dissertation, "Youth Speaks, Re-imagining the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor", looking at the intersection of youth engagement and 'Red Zone Futures' - the biggest regeneration project in the history of New Zealand. This was a collective effort, standing on the shoulders of many giants within these youth work, business, facilitation, local government and futurist worlds. Daisy has just started a new role as the Southern Regional Relationship Manager for the Ministry of Youth Development.