Whakanuia! Celebrating Māori writers

  There have been many wonderful achievements in the Māori literature space this month. Whakamihia ki ngā kaituhi Māori!   Congratulations to the following writers for successfully gaining a residency at the Michael King Writer’s Centre in 2023: Jacquie McRae (Tainui) Amber Esau (Ngāpuhi) Hana Pera Aoake (Ngaati Mahuta, Ngaati Hinerangi me Ngaati Raukawa, Tainui/Waikato, […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Ariana Tikao

  Ariana Tikao is a writer, poet, singer, composer, taonga puoro practitioner and New Zealand Arts Laureate. She writes waiata exploring themes relating to her Kāi Tahu identity and mana wahine. Her music has featured on television, film, theatre, dance, and in online videos. Her first book ‘Mokorua’, explores her journey to reveal her moko […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Tayi Tibble

Photo credit: Jane Ussher   Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou) is a writer, a 90’s baby and a fashion icon living in Wellington. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Te Herenga Waka, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize. Her first […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Alice Te Punga Somerville

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar, acclaimed writer, poet and irredentist. She is a Professor in the Department of English Language & Literatures and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada). Alice studied at the University of Auckland, earned a PhD at Cornell University, […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Coco Solid

Jessica Hansell (Ngāpuhi, Samoa) is a writer, multimedia artist and musician from Auckland, long known by her rap nickname Coco Solid. She is the creator of cult Maori cartoon Aroha Bridge with a vast range of screenwriting credits. She was named the Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific writer in residence in 2018, studying at the […]

Announcing exciting new categories for the Pikihuia Awards!

The Pikihuia Awards are highly anticipated by writers, encouraging Māori storytelling, now firmly established in the literary calendar of Aotearoa. Held every two years, the Pikihuia Awards have welcomed short story submissions in both te reo Māori and English. Māori Literature comes in diverse forms and we are excited to widen our net of support […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Anahera Gildea

  Anahera Maire Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a writer and artivist. She has worked extensively as a visual and performing artist, writer, and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been an award finalist for both her poetry and short stories. Anahera has won the Huia Best Novel Extract […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Colleen Maria Lenihan

  Colleen Maria Lenihan hails from Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. She is a fiction writer, screenwriter and photographer, and a graduate of Te Papa Tupu and The Creative Hub. Her first book Kōhine, proudly published by Huia, was launched in August and has been warmly received by readers across the motu. Colleen is based in […]

Announcing the Keri Hulme Award

  Keri Hulme (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe) was the first New Zealander to win the prestigious Booker Prize in 1985. She was also the first writer to win the Booker Prize with a debut novel. In August 2022, the original manuscript of the bone people was sold at auction and the proceeds of the sale […]