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Taking Māori voices to the world

 In 2000, we established this charitable trust to deliver programmes that promote and foster Māori literature and its place in the literature of the nation. Guided by our own cultural values, we seek to grow Māori writers’ skills, confidence and opportunity. We encourage Māori writers to stand tall as Māori and to support each other and become a strong force within the literary community of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Latest news

Pikihuia Awards: Exciting New Categories

Non-Fiction, Short Non-Fiction & Poetry

Māori Literature comes in diverse forms and we are excited to widen our net of support to include a broader range of contemporary kaituhi Māori. 

The Māori Literature Trust is proud to announce that we are expanding the Pikihuia genre categories. From 2023 the Pikihuia Awards will welcome submissions in the categories of Short Fiction, Short Non-Fiction and Poetry.

Our Misson
and Vision


We foster and promote Māori writers


E tuhi, taki mai i te ao Māori ki te ao whānui
Taking Māori voices to the world


Ngā Uaratanga

Tikanga Māori

We are always guided by our own cultural values, tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori. We are open to new ideas and innovation – building on the traditions of our tūpuna.

Tū Mai

We encourage Māori writers to stand tall as Māori. We acknowledge that it takes courage to share a story.
We stand beside and advocate for Māori writers.


We create opportunities to strengthen the collective of Māori writers and we nurture relationships with collaborators to build impact.


We seek to grow Māori writers’ skills, confidence and opportunities. We actively promote Māori writers.

Tino Rangatiratanga

We seek independence and freedom to amplify Māori voices.

Recent Books

A selection of books written by Māori authors who have participated in our Te Papa Tupu writers incubator
and the finalists from the 2021 Pikihuia Short Story competition.

Meet the authors

Latest News

Te Papa Tupu Blog 2

this is a post in three parts. the first was written in early October, when I was wrangling multiple deadlines at once. the second, a

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