Author Spotlight Q&A: Tīhema Baker

Tīhema Baker (Raukawa te Au ki te Tonga, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira) is a writer and Tiriti o Waitangi-based policy advisor from Ōtaki. He has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, for which he wrote this novel.   Kia ora […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Arihia Latham

Arihia Latham (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) is a writer, creative, māmā and rongoā practitioner. You will recognise her from literary festivals all over the motu, where she has performed her powerful poetry and chaired incredible events with a range of writers, from emerging to Aotearoa’s literary greats. A fierce kaitiaki of the taiao and […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Jessica Hinerangi

Jessica Hinerangi Thompson Carr is of Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi and Pākehā descent. Born in Ōtepoti, she has a degree in English and art history with a masters in Māori ekphrastic poetry. She is a poet, journalist and illustrator, working primarily on Instagram under the name @maori_mermaid, with an incredible following. Her previous work has […]

Tayi Tibble: First Māori poet to be published in The New Yorker

Kia hiwa rā! A huge congratulations to Aotearoa’s literary darling, cool kid and all-round powerhouse, Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou) who has a new piece of work, ‘Creation Story’, published in this month’s edition of The New Yorker. This is a huge achievement and we cannot recall a Māori poet being featured […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Ataria Sharman

Ataria Sharman (Tapuika, Ngāpuhi) is an editor and writer. Born and raised in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, she now lives in Hikurangi, Whangārei, Te Tai Tokerau. Ataria has a Master of Arts and spent a year researching mana wahine and atua wāhine and interviewing Māori women about their experiences with atua wāhine. The manuscript for her children’s […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Emma Wehipeihana

Dr. Emma Wehipeihana (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and political commentator. Her podcast on Māori health equity, Getting Better: A Year in the Life of a Māori Medical Student (RNZ/Bird of Paradise Productions) won the Voyager Best Narrative Podcast of the Year in 2021. In 2020 she won the Opinion Writer […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Ruby Solly

Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke. Her first book of poetry, Tōku Pāpā, was published in 2021 and longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her second book, The Artist, is published in 2023. She has had poetry published in Aotearoa, Australia, […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) is a distinguished Professor at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is a leading scholar and researcher in indigenous studies, indigenous education and kaupapa Māori research and has written many publications. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for her services […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Isla Huia

isla huia, writer, wearing a black hat sitting at a table, with crossed arms

Isla Huia (Te Āti Haunui a-Pāpārangi, Uenuku) is a te reo Māori teacher, writer and musician. Her work has been published in journals such as Catalyst and Awa Wāhine. She has performed at the national finals of Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam, as well as at Christchurch’s Word Festival. Isla […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Naomi Toilalo

author naomi toilalo in front of a banquet of food

Naomi Toilalo (Ngāti Porou) is a Māmā, wife, former Māori Television presenter, she once was a contestant on TVNZ’s Great Kiwi Bake Off – and now she’s the proud author of Aotearoa’s hottest bilingual cookbook of the summer WhānauKai. Photo credit: Sarah Henderson   Sometimes writers talk about their book as if it is something they’ve […]