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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.

The Māori Literature Trust & our amazing delivery partner HUIA are proud to announce that the iconic Pikihuia Awards are now open for submissions.

We cannot wait to welcome submissions in te reo Māori and English in all three sections. Kaua e whakamā, whether you’re a seasoned writer, a tuakana or a teina – we want to see your entries!

OUR VALUES

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.

Whakawhanaungatanga

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

Whakatupu

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.

Our Misson
and Vision

Mission

We foster and promote Māori writers

Vision

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

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

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