About the 2012 Te Papa Tupu Writers

Congratulations to these 6 writers who have been chosen for the Te Papa Tupu Programme 2012. You will be seeing a lot more of these writers over the coming months and if you come back and visit our site regularly you’ll likely get to know these people pretty well through their writing. Here is a first glance look at who these participants are and what they are looking forward to getting out of this programme.

Tihema Baker


Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Ōtaki te awa
Ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, ko Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, ko Ngāti Toarangatira ngā iwi.
Nō Ōtaki ahau.
Ko Tihema Baker taku ingoa.

My name is Tihema Baker. I am from Ōtaki but am currently a third year student at Victoria University of Wellington, studying English Literature and Māori Studies. I have been working on a novel for the past three years and I am extremely excited about having the opportunity to continue working on it within the programme. My goal over the next six months is to learn as much as I can and put as much effort as possible into completing this novel.

Whiti Hereaka

Whiti_Hereaka_profile_pic2_web.jpgWhiti is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
In 2007, Whiti was the writer in residence at Randell Cottage in Wellington where she worked on her debut novel, The Graphologist’s Apprentice; which was shortlisted for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region) 2011. Whiti has also held the Summer residency at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2012 where she worked on her new play, Rewena.
She has had several plays produced in Wellington: Fallow (Tawata Productions 2005), Collective Agreement (Young and Hungry 2005), I Ain’t Nothing But/A Glimmer in the Dark She Said (Open Book Productions for STAB 2006), Te Kaupoi (Bush Collective 2010 also performed at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura) and For Johnny (Young and Hungry, 2011).
Whiti won Best New Play by a Māori Playwright, Adam Play Awards in 2010 for Te Kaupoi and again in 2011 for Rona and Rabbit on the Moon. Her play inspired by the poetry of Rowley Habib – Raw Men – was shortlisted for the Adam New Play award 2012. A reading tour of Raw Men took place in Auckland and Wellington at the end of June 2012.
Whiti is a member of Writers Block, Wellington and is a trustee for Baggage Arts Charitable Trust (BACT).

Goal for Te Papa Tupu
I’m looking forward to starting my second novel – I wasn’t sure that I had another novel in me but the idea of Tar Baby and its protagonist Bugs insist on having their story told. I’m sure six months will fly by and I hope that at the end of it I will have a good first draft completed. It is wonderful to be offered a place in Te Papa Tupu – I hope that the support I will receive from the Māori Literature Trust, Huia Publishers, my mentor and other participants will be reflected in Tar Baby. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Kelly Joseph

Kelly_Joseph_profile_pic_web.jpg(Ngāti Maniapoto)
Kelly grew up in Taranaki and currently lives on the Kapiti Coast with her husband and daughter. She is a writer and an artist, with an MA in creative writing from Victoria University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA.

Goal for Te Papa Tupu
My goal during the Te Papa Tupu programme is to complete a collection of short stories.

Joanne Ganley

Joanne_Ganley_profile_pic.jpegJoanne Ganley is an aspiring writer. She enjoys mystery/crime fiction and is currently writing a collection of short stories and a novel.

After marriage and a family, she enrolled in a BA (Psychology) at Auckland University, and then moved to the Coromandel where she completed her degree extramurally through Massey University. In 2009 she enrolled in Northland Polytechnic’s on-line Diploma in Applied Writing, which enabled her to hone her writing skills and finish her first novel. These days she calls the latter ‘my writing apprenticeship’.

Joanne now lives with her husband just south of Auckland in a quiet rural town. She writes full-time and spends most of her day in a cosy writing den penning her second novel, surrounded by friendly neighbours, native bush and birds, and her indoor cat and writing companion, Toru.
Goal for Te Papa Tupu
Joanne hopes to complete a good draft of her novel by the end of the incubator programme, with a view to being published sometime in the future.

Fred Te Maro

Fred_Te_Maro_profile_pic_web.jpgI was born in a little house on the banks of the Waiapu river at a place called Tikapa near Waiomatatini on the 6th. Day of January 1941.

I attended Waiomatatini Native School where English was the only language allowed. (ouch, I still remember the belt when Maori slipped out. How the heck were we to explain the need to go toilet when you did’nt know the language?)
From Waiomatatini to Manutahi Maori District High School at Ruatorea.

After 4 years of secondary and school certificate to my name I left to work on a sheep and cattle station back of Tolaga Bay then away to the bright city lights wherever fancy took me. The one thing I never let go of was the knowledge of who I was, my roots, my language.

Anya Ngawhare

Anya_Ngawhare_profile_pic.jpgI’m a Taranaki girl at heart, but I live in Auckland with my family and miniature zoo. A madhouse that’s full of unique personalities and practically insulated by cat hair. I haven’t done an awful lot with my life so far, but I think that’s okay because I’m just barely twenty-one. I have loads of time to act like a grownup, so I’ll do it later!

I studied creative writing through NZIBS, and I literally finished my last assignment two days ago. Which is great, because now I get to do something new. Something that allows me to put my new skills to good use. Ambitious as it might seem to some, and those some are clearly people who don’t know just how persistent I can be when I want something, I want two novels published by the time I’m twenty-five. Which is doable in my head. What’s a little hard work if it gets you your dream?

I’m not the most social person alive, but I do like to make people smile and laugh. I do like seeing happiness in others. I guess that’s why I write. Writing makes me happy, more than music even, and I like to share my stories so that I can pass some of that happiness on. A great writer can make a person damn near explode with emotion, and if I can do that to just one person I’d feel like I succeeded. I’d feel like the hard work was worth it.

The Te Papa Tupu programme is made possible with sponsorship from
Te Waka Toi: Creative New Zealand and Te Puni Kōkiri. The programme is managed by Huia Publishers.

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