The Māori Literature Trust

Kia ora and welcome to the Māori Literature Trust.

The Māori Literature Trust is excited to help Māori writers to develop their writing skills and broaden the body of New Zealand Literature. For nearly two decades we have been active in growing writers through initiatives like the Te Papa Tupu Incubator that mentors writers. We have seen writers develop their skills in the writers’ workshops we have run. In particular, the Māori language writers workshops have increased the number of Māori language books and published authors of works in te reo Māori. The Pikihuia Awards give us the opportunity to discover and celebrate Māori writers.


The Māori Literature are guided by their vision, mission, and values:

He Moemoeā – Our Vision

E tuhi, mai i te ao Māori ki te ao whānui

Taking New Zealand literature with a strong Maori voice to the world


Ngā Whainga – Our Mission

The Māori Literature Trust delivers programmes

that promote and foster Māori literature and its place in the literature of the nation.


Ngā Uaratanga – Our Values

Tikanga Māori

We are always guided by our own cultural values, tikanga Māori and Mātauranga Māori

Tū Mai

We encourage Māori writers to stand tall as Māori


We seek to grow the skills, opportunities, and confidence of Māori writers


We encourage Māori writers to support each other and become a strong force

within the literary community of Aotearoa New Zealand