About the Trust

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.


Established in August 2000, the Māori Literature Trust was specifically set up to promote and foster the development of Māori literature.

The Trust seeks to encourage innovation and quality by awarding authors for outstanding literary achievements.

The Trust comprises members from the arts and commercial communities and its primary responsibility is to oversee the organisation of awards for Māori writers currently known as The Pikihuia Awards.

The Trust is also responsible for the incubator programme Te Papa Tupu and awards such as the bi-annual Pikihuia awards.

Members of the Trust:

  • Robyn Bargh (Chair)
  • Patricia Grace
  • Sir Hirini Moko Mead
  • Tilly Reedy
  • Whiti Hereaka
  • John Huria

For more information on the Trust phone Huia Publishers on 04 473 9262.