Author Spotlight Q&A: Alice Te Punga Somerville

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar, acclaimed writer, poet and irredentist. She is a Professor in the Department of English Language & Literatures and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada). Alice studied at the University of Auckland, earned a PhD at Cornell University, […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Coco Solid

Jessica Hansell (Ngāpuhi, Samoa) is a writer, multimedia artist and musician from Auckland, long known by her rap nickname Coco Solid. She is the creator of cult Maori cartoon Aroha Bridge with a vast range of screenwriting credits. She was named the Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific writer in residence in 2018, studying at the […]

Announcing exciting new categories for the Pikihuia Awards!

The Pikihuia Awards are highly anticipated by writers, encouraging Māori storytelling, now firmly established in the literary calendar of Aotearoa. Held every two years, the Pikihuia Awards have welcomed short story submissions in both te reo Māori and English. Māori Literature comes in diverse forms and we are excited to widen our net of support […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Anahera Gildea

  Anahera Maire Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a writer and artivist. She has worked extensively as a visual and performing artist, writer, and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been an award finalist for both her poetry and short stories. Anahera has won the Huia Best Novel Extract […]

Author Spotlight Q&A: Colleen Maria Lenihan

  Colleen Maria Lenihan hails from Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. She is a fiction writer, screenwriter and photographer, and a graduate of Te Papa Tupu and The Creative Hub. Her first book Kōhine, proudly published by Huia, was launched in August and has been warmly received by readers across the motu. Colleen is based in […]

Announcing the Keri Hulme Award

  Keri Hulme (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe) was the first New Zealander to win the prestigious Booker Prize in 1985. She was also the first writer to win the Booker Prize with a debut novel. In August 2022, the original manuscript of the bone people was sold at auction and the proceeds of the sale […]

New Funding Opportunity For Writers

About the fund Creative New Zealand funding for individual artists and arts practitioners to develop skills that increase career sustainability and future-proof business practice. Apply here. Amount: $5,000 – $10,000 Artforms: All Artforms   Funding rounds Opened: 19 Sep 2022 Closes: 14 Oct 2022, 1PM Results due: 25 Nov 2022   Who can apply? This fund […]

Keri Hulme’s generous koha for Māori writers

Keri Hulme’s generous koha for Māori writers The original manuscript of the bone people, by legendary author Keri Hulme (Kāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe), will be auctioned at Dunbar Sloane on the 11th of August, this year. Keri Hulme was the first New Zealander to win the prestigious Booker Prize in 1985. She was also the […]

Look out Ockhams, here comes the next kaituhi Māori!

The Māori Literature Trust | Te Waka Taki Kōrero announces the six newest kaituhi for its highly sought-after incubator programme, Te Papa Tupu. Kei runga noa atu koutou ko: Callum Knight (Te Hika o Pāpāuma) Hinematioro Nohotima-Duncan (Tūhoe – Ngāti Koura, Te Aitanga ā-Māhaki – Whānau ā-Kai) J. Wiremu Kane (Ngāpuhi – Ngāti Toro, Ngāti Manu, […]