Winner of Best Short Story Written in Māori for 2013

Tihema Baker won the 2013 award for Best Short Story in Māori for Kei Wareware Tātou. He is of Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa descent.

Tihema was accepted into the Te Papa Tupu Programme in 2012 where he developed his first novel, Watched under the mentorship of New Zealand’s science fiction legend, Phillip Mann. After a couple of years of hard work and re-writing, Watched was published by HUIA Publishers in 2015.

Tihema is an example for all young Māori writers to persevere with your writing dreams and aspire to be a better writer.

For more information about Tihema and to follow the progress of his writing, head over to his Facebook page.

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