Curious to know what the judges had to say about this year’s Pikihuia Awards? Lucky for you we have a few previews here. (Don’t forget to buy the book to read the stories behind the judges’ comments.)

Sir Wira Gardiner – Best Short Story written in English
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.’

Arihia McClutchie – Best Short Story written by a Secondary Student
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.’

Larry Parr – Best Short Film Script
‘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 – that is what set the winner apart from the rest.’

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