2015 Awards (archive)


Best Short Story written in te reo Māori
Darryn Joseph – Toku Ao, Tō Mate Kanehe

Best Short Story written in English
Toni Pivac – In the Space of a Moment

Best Novel Extract
Ann French – Hands of Time

Best Short Film Script
Aroha Awarau – Puti

Best Short Story written by a Secondary Student
Anna-Rose McGarvey – Enlisted


‘I was surprised and delighted by the range of talent evident in submissions. I want to acknowledge those who took the courage of their convictions to submit a story for consideration.’ 

Sir Wira Gardiner, Best Short Story written in English

‘Ultimately, the feature that separated the best scripts from the rest was not something that I had set out to assess. All three of the finalists had a dose of that magic and the winner had it in truckloads. Emotional impact is what set the winner apart from the rest.’

Larry Parr, Best Short Film Script

‘Overall, we were very impressed, not only by the high standard of writing but by the range in genre … Each story descriptively captivating the reader by transporting them to the vibrant street lights of Wellington’s Cuba and Vivian streets, the exchange of heartfelt letters between a brother and sister, a hot summer’s day playing in rock pools where unknowingly, danger lurks. I commend all our writers for making it this far. It is no small feat to give so much of yourself and share it with others.’

Arihia McClutchie, Best Short Story written by a Secondary Student


The ceremony saw Peti Nohotima receive this award for her Lifetime Contribution to Māori Literature.


The best short stories and novel extracts from the competition have been published in an anthology that was launched at the awards ceremony in Wellington. The cover artwork is by Shane Hansen

For photos from the event, head to the Huia Publishers Facebook page.

Te Waka Taki Kōrero would once again like to thank our sponsors, Creative New Zealand, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Te Māngai Pāho, Excel Digital, Shane Hansen and Huia Publishers. We would also like to acknowledge our judges, Sir Wira Gardiner, Witi Ihimaera, Larry Parr, Poia Rewi and Arihia McClutchie, along with our presenters, Matai Smith, Tilly Reedy, Stephen Wainwright, Rawinia Higgins, Tuehu Harris, Rowan Pita and Waana Davis.

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