Te Papa Tupu





Te Papa Tupu is an opportunity for six Māori writers to be part of a six 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. The 2018 workshops will include writing skills, meeting the publishers, learning how to market your book and much much more.


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.”


Fred Te Maro and his book Tūtewehi was the first Māori language book to be published from the Te Papa Tupu incubator. Additionally we have three participants who have had their manuscripts accepted to be published. Their books are in the production pipeline to be published for 2018, so watch this space.


Other published authors include:

Read about previous Te Papa Tupu incubators and published authors.


Applications close on 30 April 2018.