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

Taking Māori voices to the world

Stories Published
Writers Published
Programmes Delivered

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 closed

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.

Raising $30,000 for Te Papa Tupu

As we are a charitable trust who rely on the generosity of wonderful people in the world, our team is raising $30,000 to cover the operational costs of Te Papa Tupu this month.

The world needs Māori writers and their stories now more than ever, so join us for the next 31 days as we introduce you to a huge range of kaituhi Māori on Facebook and Instagram. Plus, we’ve got some wicked prizes lined up for Poutūterangi.

No matter how big or small, every contribution makes a huge difference. If you don’t have the means to koha right now, we would greatly appreciate sharing the link below with your friends and whānau. Mauri ora!


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.

Our Mission
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

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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