The Pikihuia Awards (formerly the Huia Short Story Awards) is a biennial competition that started in 1995 to discover and recognise Māori writers. The awards encourage diverse Māori viewpoints and writing in both te reo Māori and English.


  • First-time Writer in te reo Māori
  • First-time Writer in English
  • Emerging Writer in te reo Māori
  • Emerging Writer in English
  • Published Writer in te reo Māori
  • Published Writer in English


The winner of each category will receive a $2000 cash prize each. Finalists who are highly commended in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 each.

Selected winners and finalists are published in the Huia Short Stories Collection.


January – Entries Open

April – Entries Close

June – Finalists Announced

September – Winners Announced at the Pikihuia Awards Ceremony


The 2019 Pikihuia Awards ceremony is held in Wellington. It is a fun event to celebrate and acknowledge the finalists and launch the Huia Short Stories Collection.

From time to time 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.