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2023 Pikihuia Awards

Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers was announced today. Robyn Bargh, Chair of Te Waka Taki Kōrero | The Māori Literature Trust is thrilled with the number and quality of entries.

“The range of submissions is very impressive; the Pikihuia Awards are a chance to reconnect with some previous finalists and meet a number of new ones through their writing. It’s a very exciting time for Māori Literature”, she said.

The winners will be announced at the Pikihuia Awards ceremony on 28 October 2023 at Tākina, Wellington.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted to the 2023 Pikihuia Awards. This year we received a large number of submissions and the standard of work has been exceptionally high. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our generous judges and the team at HUIA for all of their hard work throughout the competition phase.

We are proud to announce our finalists in the following categories are as follows:

Keri Hulme Award

Rachel Buchanan – Te Motunui Epa

essa may ranapiri – Echidna

Monty Soutar – Kāwai

Non-Fiction

Te Reo Māori

Airana Ueroa Ngarewa Nō Pātea Ahau

Zeb Tamihana Nicklin – Tin Canning

Non-Fiction

English

Hana Pera Aoake And we didn’t disappear, we’re still here: On Ana Iti, Moa, Museums, Peppa Pig and stories

Eru Jeremy Hart – Zion and the Three Cancers

Nadine Anne Hura A Dangerous Country

Tōrea Scott-Fyfe – She who dreams of Rua-o-te-moko

Jordan Tricklebank – What Do We Do about David Ballantyne?

Danielle Tia Faye Riwai – A trip to Marsics

Short Fiction

Te Reo Māori

Rea Aane E Niwa, kaua e turituri

Pine Tamahori Campbell – Ko Pare te Pūkeko nanakia

Jacob McGregor Te Koha Tūmatarau

Atakohu Middleton – Te pō whakanui huritau

Te Ataakura Swannell-kaa – Te haerenga o Hinauri ki te rapu i te kāhui o Matariki

Christie Wallace – Te Wehenga

Short Fiction

English

Sarah McOnie Awa

Nadine Anne Hura – Affidavit in the Family Court: Ranginui vs Papatūānuku (Letter to the Climate)

Steph Julian Jonas Was Not A Brave boy

Toni Wi – The Island

Anthony Pita – kintsugi with the colour pink

Marama Salsano – Stars of Hood Street

Poetry

Te Reo Māori

Aperahama Hurihanganui Hei Hoa Mauroa

Winara Levi – Mā te roa ka aha

Zeb Tamihana Nicklin Kura kōkako Māori kua rere hea ngā tau

Zeb Tamihana NicklinKoi kirihaunga te hoki mai

Rauhina Scott-Fyfe – nāwai, nāwai

Airana Ueroa Ngarewa – Ko taua āhua tonu

Poetry

English

Shelley Burne-Field Another Brown Face

Abby Hauraki – When the rains came

Ana Maria King te karu o te whenua / amphibian

Ana Maria KingSister

Hannah Urupikia Rapata – Scarred native tongues

Miriama Gemmell – you begin to see