The Pikihuia Awards

Started in 1995, The Pikihuia Awards are held by The Māori Literature Trust.
Writers of Maori descent are invited to submit their works of fiction into this competition every two years.

The competition aims to promote Māori viewpoints and Te Reo Māori, within the following 6 categories:

  • Best Short Story by a secondary school student in Te Reo Māori
  • Best Short Story by a secondary school student in English
  • Best Short Film Script
  • Best Novel Extract
  • Best Short Story Written in Te Reo Māori
  • Best short story written in English

All shortlisted entries in the Novel Extract and Short Story English and Maori categories are published in a Huia Short Stories Collection.

At each awards ceremony we also recognise a life-time contribution to New Zealand Literature with the presentation of a Special Award. Past recipients of this award include Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira and Sir Hirini Moko Mead.

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