Robert Free

lives in Dunedin, in a modest house overlooking the Otago harbour. He writes poetry on a daily basis; paints pictures on commission and when the mood takes him; and ventures out with a camera whenever he gets the chance.

He is an award winning poet, well known to listeners of the National Programme as the Otago Harbour Bard where his weekly contributions are a reflection on current affairs.

He is also a keen gardener, a fair-weather sailor and a conscripted walker of dogs; three activities that keep him outdoors – where he feels most comfortable.

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THE SUNDAY FREE TO AIR POEM

from THE OTAGO HARBOUR BARD

SUNDAY MORNING RNZ NATIONAL 7.00 – 12.00

Poem of the Week

7/10/2019 TUIA TWO-FIFTY

 

Tuia two-fifty’s here

The boats are in the bay

Let’s get this party started and

Make sail without delay

And let us all endeavour

Each one in their own way

To understand the origins

Of what we have today

 

Let’s value and appreciate

Fine vessels such as these

Their spectacle and craftsmanship

Are guaranteed to please

Replicas of ‘taonga’

That sailed the seven seas

In search of new horizons

And opportunities

 

Tuia two-fifty’s here

It’s time to celebrate

Not rock the boat with xenophobic

Messages of hate

We need not let the separatists

Take over and dictate

A pessimistic outcome from

A negative debate

 

Let’s focus on the positive

The paradise we share

As privileged New Zealanders

Blessed with clean fresh air

Blessed with lakes and mountains

And scenery most rare

Our pristine bush and beaches are

A joy beyond compare

 

We have a can do attitude

With volunteers that care

We have the world’s best sailors

A rugby team with flair

We understand that teamwork

Can take us anywhere

We could be inspirational

If we but only dare

 

We have the means to travel

The chance to work and play

Our health and wealth and wellness marks

Are more than just OK

So let us all endeavour

Each one in their own way

To understand the origins

Of what we have today

Image of the Week

Painting

Robert frequently exhibits his work and has a number of paintings for sale at any given time. He is happy to work on commission either from life or by using photographs and is accomplished in a number of mediums; for example Pen & Ink, Watercolours, Oil Paints & Pencil Sketches. To enquire about Robert’s services and availability please call +64 (0)3 471 0198

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Poetry

Robert is a prolific poet and is frequently featured on Radio New Zealand National as ‘The Panel’s Poet’. He has won many competitions and published a number of books. He gives recitals regularly and commission work is also available on request. To enquire about Robert’s services and availability please call +64 (0)3 471 0198

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Photography

Photography has long been a passion of Robert’s, complimenting both his painting and his poetry. His work has been published in book format and online. Aside from creative photography Robert is also adept at commercial and wedding photography. To enquire about Robert’s services and availability please call +64 (0)3 471 0198

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Videography

Robert’s broadcast quality equipment and creative eye affords him the ability to capture fantastic and memorable video footage. From weddings to family histories and mini-documentaries Robert’s skill set will guarantee a beautiful final product. To enquire about Robert’s services and availability please call +64 (0)3 471 0198

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