Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, Pacific historian and former New Zealand diplomat. In 2013 she was the Fulbright / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai’i. Leilani was a regular contributor to Auckland’s Metro magazine where she tackled issues as diverse as racism, unemployment, property investment, cyber bullying, youth suicide and motherhood. Her first book of poetry, The Art of Excavation (2014) was described by Paula Green as ‘an impressive debut that lays poetic roots in the present in order to nourish the past’. Leilani lives in West Auckland with her husband and two children.