Robyn Bargh (Chair)

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa

For over twenty years, Robyn has dedicated her life to building Māori literature in New Zealand. In 2014, she stepped down from her role as Managing Director of Huia Publishers, but she remains involved with HUIA, working on some of the book projects and as a member of the Board of Directors. Robyn is Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara and a Director of Te Puia, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. She also spends time on te reo Māori studies, weaving korowai and having fun with her mokopuna and whānau.

Whiti Hereaka

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa

Whiti Hereaka is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and a barrister and solicitor. In 2007, Whiti was the writer in residence at Randell Cottage, Wellington, where she wrote The Graphologist’s Apprentice, shortlisted for Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Asia and Pacific. In 2010 and 2011, she won Best New Play by a Māori Playwright at the Adam Play Awards. In 2012, she won the Bruce Mason Award, held the summer residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre and was selected for Te Papa Tupu writers’ incubator programme. Her second novel, Bugs, was published in 2013. In 2016, Whiti mentored two writers in Te Papa Tupu.

Dr Paula Morris

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua

Dr Paula Morris is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. She writes fiction for adults and young adults, and her short fiction has appeared in journals and collections and been produced on radio. She has been awarded writing residencies and fellowships in Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Latvia and been a guest at festivals in Europe, China, the United States and New Zealand. Paula worked in Britain and the United States as a publicist, in marketing, as a branding consultant and copywriter. Since 2003, she has taught creative writing at universities, including Tulane in New Orleans and Sheffield in England. She is the convenor of the Master in Creative Writing course at the University of Auckland and the founder of the Academy of New Zealand.

Sir Hirini Moko Mead

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi

Sir Hirini Moko Mead is a prominent Māori writer and commentator. Author of over 70 books, papers and articles, he was foundation professor of Māori Studies at Victoria University and was instrumental in establishing Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne. A scholar of rare expertise in Māori language and culture, Hirini was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for his services to Māori and to education. This was upgraded to a knighthood in 2009.

Lady Tilly Reedy

John Huria


We have been fortunate to have support of renown author Patricia Grace on our trust board for many years. In 2017 Patricia retired from her service.