2017 Awards


Best Short Story written in English, judged by Whiti Hereaka

  • Winner: Lauren Keenan – A Portrait of Sandra Dee 
  • Finalists: Pere Durie – The Manu, the Coffin and the Old School; Lauren Keenan – In the Shadow of Monte Cassino

Best Short Story written in te reo Māori, judged by Poia Rewi

  • Winner: Zeb Nicklin – Kaitiaki 
  • Finalists: Iraia Bailey – Rākei me te Taraute Nui; Genesis Te Kuru White – Tūātea

Best Film Script, judged by Julian Arahanga

  • Winner: Aroha Awarau – Clenched
  • Finalists: Pere Durie – Te Mura o te Ahi; Nathaniel Hinde – Hawaiki

Best Novel Extract, judged by Paula Morris

  • Winner: Steph Matuku – The Crystal Cave
  • Finalists: Olivia Aroha Giles – Till We Kissed; Kelly Joseph – Obsidian Dream

Best Short Story written by a School Student in English, judged by Robyn and Brian Bargh

  • Winner: Nikau Wi Neera, Kāpiti College – The Couple
  • Finalists:
    • Te Raina Durie, Tauranga Girls’ College – Boys-In-Arms 
    • Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, Middleton Grange School – The Many Stories of my Koro
    • Lucy Matehaere, Otago Girls’ College – The Final Cut
    • Maia Kirikiri, Queen Margaret College – Long Journey Home
    • Jacqueline Elizabeth Te Kani Nankivell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whatatutu – Luna the Peacemaker
    • Keimarire Tibble-Brown, Bethlehem College – Calm After the Storm

Best Short Story written by a School Student in te reo Māori, judged by Kawata Teepa

  • Winner: Tahu Potiki Te Maro-Doran, Ōtaki College – Haututu 
  • Finalists:
    • Anipātene Biddle, Te Kura o Te Koutu – Te Mate ō te Pūreitanga
    • Katarina Havekamp, Te Kura o Te Koutu – Pi… Pi… Pi…


‘It was a pleasure to judge this year’s Pikihuia Award for Short Stories in English. I was impressed by the diversity of the stories, reflecting the many experiences of being Māori in our society. The standout stories for me subverted my expectations: unexpected points of view, or twists on familiar story lines.’

Whiti Hereaka

‘The expansive nature of the stories along with their language proficiency was striking. From the interpretation of dreams to earthquake experiences, rugby world cup to rugby on the marae ātea, Iron Māori to Māori emigration and repatriation, boarding school and disobedience to mythical kaitiaki, there is diversity and creativity across the board. The level of Māori language proficiency is admirable and likewise the application of dialect, synonym and metaphor are also worth noting – we compliment the authors, their whānau and their teachers, the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers for affording the opportunity to writers to engage their literary potential.’

Poia Rewi


Stories from selected finalists have been published in a short story collection that was launched at the awards ceremony in Wellington. 

Genesis Te Kuru White, Pere Durie, Tangai Waranga, Shirley Simmonds, Zeb Nicklin, Steph Matuku, Lauren Keenan, K-T Harrison, Olivia Aroha Giles, Aroha Awarau, Atakohu Middleton


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