Thomas Kaika

Kaika has been a member of the Whanake Rangataua, a Māori martial arts group based in Wellington which has provided opportunities for Māori street kids. He was in his teens when he wrote this poem

Biographical sources

  • Taylor, Apirana. "Introduction." Landfall 41.4 (1987): 411.


  • "Phenixphlite" Landfall 41.4 (1987): 421-422.
  • A poem articulating the ongoing process of the survival of the fittest where the stronger pursues the weaker and the warring instinct is endlessly perpetuated.