Te Papa Tupu 2016

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Te Papa Tupu is an opportunity for six Māori writers to write for six months as part of an incubator programme. Writers will be partnered with a mentor to improve their writing skills, while also working on manuscripts they’ll submit in the application process. Additionally, the writers will be challenged to reassess their work and submit monthly journals to articulate their experiences and progress. At the end of the incubator programme, the manuscripts will be assessed and may be published as stand-alone books, or as part of the Huia Short Stories collection.

Robyn Bargh, Chairperson of the Māori Literature Trust, says about Te Papa Tupu 2016: “We are honoured to be running the fourth Te Papa Tupu incubator. For us, pairing promising Māori writers with effective writing mentors is an important part of the development of our writers and Māori literature. The Trust is looking forward to the next year’s applications.”

Several former participants have gone on to be published, and act as judges or mentors of the Te Papa Tupu incubator for later years.

Whiti Hereaka, a 2016 Judge, was a participant in 2012 where she developed the manuscript for her novel, Bugs, which published in 2013 by Huia.

Additionally, Fred Te Maro and his book Tūtewehi was the first Māori language book to be published from the Te Papa Tupu incubator.

Other published authors include:

  • Jacquie McRae, The Scent of Apples;
  • Mark Sweet, Zhu Mao;
  • Tihema Baker, Watched;

Read about previous Te Papa Tupu incubators and published authors.