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Te Papa Tupu

A mentoring programme
for aspiring Māori writers

Te Papa Tupu is a highly contested writers incubator designed specifically for emerging Māori writers. Every two years, six writers are given the opportunity to be mentored by acclaimed authors and editors. Throughout the course of the programme, writers work with their mentors to develop their manuscripts for publication.

‘One of the most valuable gifts a writer can get is the attention of somebody who will approach their work with an understanding of their motivation and a respect for their particular voice, but also a critical eye, with the aim of helping them ultimately share their unique vision with the rest of the world … ’ Daisy Coles, Mentor – Class of 2010.

Writers receive a stipend, write, participate in workshops, write, attend writers’ festivals, write and become part of a broader writing community.

We encourage Te Papa Tupu writers to journal their experience on the writers incubator. Take the time to read these entries – the stories are courageous, insightful, bold, humbling and humorous.


Applying for the programme

We are excited to once again offer our Te Papa Tupu incubator programme for 2024–25!

Te Papa Tupu is open to Māori writers who have written a manuscript, are living in Aotearoa and are committed to attending, learning and fulfilling a dream of being published. This is a fantastic opportunity to be connected with other Māori writers and industry experts. As a selected Te Papa Tupu finalist, you will be paired with an experienced mentor, have the opportunity to attend high profile writer’s festivals and recieve a generous writer’s stipend for six months.

To get the most out of this mentoring programme, applicants should submit a full first draft of a manuscript. Please read our full terms and conditions before submitting your application.


View our past graduates