Perfect Beat, Vol 20, No 2 (2020)

Interview: Pasifika climate activist music in New Zealand, queered and disabled

Kirsten Zemke, Luka Leleiga Lim-Cowley
Issued Date: 8 Jul 2021


This discussion is between Dr Kirsten Zemke, from the University of Auckland and her MA student-poet, dancer and climate activist, Luka Leleiga Lim-Cowley. Luka’s musical performance experiences in, and insights from, Pasifika climate activist and Pacific Indigenous sovereignty events led them to further explore the perspectives of Pasifika queer and/or disabled activists. Luka argues that disabled and gendersexuality-divergent folks should be at the foreground of these movements, as they are the most threatening to white supremacy—the ultimate culprit in Indigenous displacement and climate change. Luka’s poem, ‘Water (remix ii)’, is presented in full; the discussion flows through topics such as gender, religion, Indigeneity, and the continuums of time and space.

Download Media

PDF (Price: £18.00 )

DOI: 10.1558/prbt.43081


Brown, P. n.d. ‘Artist Statement’. Pelenakeke Brown. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Case, E. 2020. ‘Dear New Zealand, Please Don’t Bring Your War Games to My Hawaiian Home’. The Spinoff, 10 June. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
DIVA for Equality. 2019. Unjust, Unequal, Unstoppable: Fiji Lesbians, Bisexual Women, Transmen and Gender Non-Conforming People Tipping the Scales Toward Justice. Report. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Enomoto, J. 2020. Cancel RIMPAC 2020 Facts Sheet. Zine. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Husband, D. 2015. ‘Teresia Teaiwa: You Can’t Paint the Pacific with Just One Brush Stroke’. E-Tangata, 25 October. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Jetnil-Kijiner, K. 2014. ‘An Apology to Taro Islanders and Solomon Islanders’. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 7 November. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
—2018. ‘Dome Poem Part III: “Anointed” Final Poem and Video’. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 16 April. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Johnson, K. 2019. ‘Puna: a Wai(Kai)sexual Reading of Kane and Kanaloa’. Conference paper. NAISA Conference 2019 Aotearoa/New Zealand, 29 June. Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand: University of Waikato.
Jordan, J. 1978. ‘Poem for South African Women’. June Jordan, 9 August. Online: (accessed 17 May 2021).
Lim-Cowley, L. L. 2017. ‘Fa Paia’. Salient, 27 March. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
—2020. ‘Straightening Out & Jar Label: A Crip Queer of Colour Resumé Torch Song’. Stasis, 15 June. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
MacLeod, J., and R. Moiwend. 2014. ‘West Papua: “We will be free”’. In Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, ed. J. Gárate, S. Kattel, C. Schweitzer and J. Sheehan, 179–83. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Mignolo, W., and L. T. Smith. 2019. ‘De-linking Across Indigeneity’. Seminar, 6 August. Old Government House, University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa.
Mills, C. W. 2012. ‘Provost Lecture: Charles Mills - Liberalism and Racial Justice’. YouTube, 28 September. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Monts-Tréviska, A., R. G. Leung, Z. Simon and D. Ko. 2019. ‘Audism and Deafhood’. In Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People, ed. Sins Invalid, 72–88. San Francisco: Sins Invalid.
Raymond, R. 2016. ‘A Body of VA’rt’. Te Kaharoa, Ka Haka – Empowering Performance: Maori and Indigenous Perfomance Studies Symposium 9: 20–54.
Refiti, A. L. 2014. ‘Mavae and Fofiga: Spatial Exposition of the Samoan Cosmogony and Architecture’. Doctoral dissertation. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology.
Roy, A. 2018. ‘Arundhati Roy, Utmost Happiness & Utmost Sadness: The Diary of India Nowadays’. YouTube, 7 November. Online at SOAS (accessed 17 May 2021).
Teaiwa, K. M. 2015. Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba. Indiana: Indiana University Press.
Thaman, K. H. 1974. You, the Choice of My Parents. Suva, Fiji: Mana Publications.
Thompson, R. 2020. ‘Disability Justice Advocate and Writer Lydia X. Z. Brown on Autism and Neurodivergence’. Room 43/3, 3 September. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Thompson-Browne, T. 2021. ‘matakite, tohunga’. Instagram, 28 January. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Torres Souder, L. M. 2017. ‘Why? Just Because, Doesn’t Cut It Anymore’. Guam Daily Post, 31 October. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).
Trow, R. 2019. ‘It’s Our Whenua (and We’ll Cry If We Want To)’. Te Ara Whatu, 17 September. Online at (accessed 17 May 2021).


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Equinox Publishing Ltd - 415 The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)114 221-0285 - Email:

Privacy Policy