Ten competitions strong and more entries than ever


2013 was a great year for the Pikihuia Awards. We had an influx of new and repeat entrants resulting in a record 380 entries. We were able to launch Whiti Hereaka’s novel Bugs, which she developed during the Te Papa Tupu Writer’s Programme. And we were honoured to host a group of visiting indigenous Taiwanese at the awards evening; they even performed a traditional waiata, giving us a glimpse into the beauty of another indigenous culture.

Photo of Taiwanese Guest Puoro and Waiata

The awards not only allow us to recognise the winners and finalists (listed below), but also to thank all of our contributors and continue encouraging Māori writers to keep writing. At the end of the day our aim is to further develop our collective pool of Māori writers and writing to expose New Zealand and the world to Māori stories, experiences and views.


Selected finalists in the Best Short Story written in Māori, Best Short Story written in English and Best Novel Extract categories will have their work published in Huia Short Stories 10, which is now available in bookstores and on the HUIA website.



Best Short Story written in Māori: Tihema Baker (Wellington)
Runners Up: Karuna Thurlow (Christchurch) and Petera Hakiwai (Wellington)

Best Short Story written in English: Toni Pivac (Whanagrei)
Runners Up: Kelly Joseph (Kapiti Coast) and Anahera Korohina-Bowen (Rotorua)

Best Novel Extract written in English: Ann French (Tauranga)
Runners up: Helen Waaka (Hawkes Bay) and Arihia Latham (Wellington)

Best Short Film Script written in English: Lisa Cherrington (Palmerston North)
Runners Up: Hamish Bennett (Auckland) and Hiona Henare (Auckland)

Best Short Story written in Māori or English by a secondary school student: Hinerangi Curtis (Auckland)
Runners Up: Marie Hoepo-Scott (Napier) and Haukapuanui Vercoe (Rotorua)


Together with the Māori Literature Trust, the Pikihuia Awards 2013 were proudly sponsored by Te Puni Kokiri, Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, Wickliffe Solutions, D’Sign Nation and HUIA Publishers.

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