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

Taking Māori voices to the world

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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.

Submissions now open

We are excited to once again offer our Te Papa Tupu incubator programme for 2024–25!

Te Papa Tupu is open to Māori writers who have written a manuscript, are living in Aotearoa and are committed to attending, learning and fulfilling a dream of being published. This is a fantastic opportunity to be connected with other Māori writers and industry experts. As a selected Te Papa Tupu finalist, you will be paired with an experienced mentor, have the opportunity to attend high profile writer’s festivals and receive a generous writer’s stipend for six months.

To get the most out of this mentoring programme, applicants should submit a full first draft of a manuscript. Please read our full terms and conditions before submitting your application.

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 Mission
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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