We have Finalists!

‘Tell Us Your Story’ is what the Māori Literature Trust asked from Māori writers for the 2015 Pikihuia Awards, and that’s exactly what they did.

In the same year that New Zealand literature and publishing was recognised at the Taipei Book Fair, the Pikihuia Awards this year have resulted in 42% of submissions coming from new writers. It is obvious that there is a need for our stories to be told and more and more Māori writers are heeding this call.

This year’s Pikihuia judges received stories, extracts and film scripts about lost love at war, eeling in the country, sickness, friendship and tattoos, and flirting with the poi.

After six weeks of reading, analysing, re-reading and critiquing, our judges have chosen their finalists for the Pikihuia Awards 2015. Witi Ihimaera, judge of the Best Novel Extract category, said that ‘The entries show promise, Māori inflections, good intentions and, most importantly, the ability to go the distance that a novel requires.’
Congratulations to the following writers:

For Best Short Story written in Māori, judged by Poia Rewi
Darryn Joseph – ‘Taku Ao, Tō Mate Kanehe’
Vincent Olsen-Reeder – ‘Te Reo o te Kuia’
Zeb Tamihana Nicklin – ‘Taku Rua Rau’

For Best Short Story written in English, judged by Sir Wira Gardiner
Robert MacDonald – ‘Old Totara’
Toni Pivac – ‘In The Space of a Moment’
Aroha Bentson – ‘The Power of Water’

For Best Novel Extract, judged by Witi Ihimaera
Ann French – ‘Hands of Time’
Anya Ngawhare – ‘Average Kids and Bigots’
Andre Hetariki – ‘Tangaroa’s Promise’

For Best Short Film Script, judged by Larry Parr
Aroha Awarau – ‘Puti’
Aroha Awarau – ‘Poi’
Vicki-Anne Heikell – ‘Priscilla and the Miracles’

For Best Short Story written by a Secondary School Student, judged by Arihia McClutchie
Anna-Rose McGarvey, Otakiri School – ‘Enlisted’
Imogen Porter, Wellington High School – ‘Street Lights’
Lucy Matehaere, Otago Girl’s High School – ‘Maia’s Bay’
The winners will be announced at the Pikihuia Awards Ceremony at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Saturday 19 September. Stay tuned to find out who wins!

The Awards Ceremony will also recognise selected writers whose stories will be published in our biennial anthology, Huia Short Stories 11. These writers include Toni Pivac, Aroha Bentson, Robert MacDonald, Aimee Tapping, K-T Harrison, Ann French, Anya Ngawhare, Lauren Aikman, Aaron Ure, Darryn Joseph, Zeb Nicklin, Vincent Olsen-Reeder, Andre Hetariki, Shilo Kino and Helen Waaka.

3 thoughts on “2015 Finalists

  1. So proud to see one of my students in the finalists list! He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa e mau pene ana, tuhi ai. Kei runga noa atu koutou!

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