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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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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.

Finalists Announced

We are thrilled to announce the six kaituhi Māori who have been selected to take part in our renowned Te Papa Tupu Programme for 2024!

A huge congratulations to the following writers who will undertake the incubator programme, under the guidance of a mentor, to develop their manuscripts:

Taryn Baker (Ngāti Tamaoho, Tainui)
The Diary of Ahurewa

Claire Dunning (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa)

Steph Julian (Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga)
Penny Pounamu and the Disappearing Tigers

Anthony Pita (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Ranginui)
fake stars never flicker

Te Kahu Rolleston (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau Apanui, Te Arawa)
Te Mānuka

Toni Wi (Ngāti Maniapoto)
House of Bone

We look forward to sharing more as Te Papa Tupu 2024 gets underway, and we are very excited for all of our supporters to get to know this fantastic cohort of kaituhi Māori. E tuhi, taki mai i te ao Māori ki te ao whānui!

Class of 2024

Pukapuka Māori o te tau 2023-2024. Have you published a book between Matariki 2023 and Matariki 2024? We want to hear from you!

Pukapuka Māori o te Tau 23-24

We are compiling a list of Māori Books for an upcoming series, so that we can celebrate as many Māori books as possible that have been brought into te ao Mārama in the past year. Please note that this is not an award or competition, but an opportunity to acknowledge as many kaituhi Māori as possible who have published in the last year. If your book meets the following criteria, please click the link to submit it via a Google Form.

Is your book:

  • written by a Māori author?
  • edited by a Māori editor and has a minimum of 50% of contributors with whakapapa Māori?
  • in print, or available as an e-book?
  • available to purchase (before July 2024)?
  • an original work?

Please also note that:

  • translated works are not accepted at this time, unless the original author is Māori.
  • self-published works are acceptable
  • any genre will be accepted, including picture books


Books will feature in the series at our discretion. Please email programme@mlt.org.nz for enquiries.


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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