Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa
Robyn Bargh founded Huia Publishers in 1991 with a vision of increasing the Māori voice in New Zealand literature. She retired from management of the company in 2014 but has continued her involvement as a director. In her role as Chair of the Māori Literature Trust, Robyn has continued to support the development of Māori writers. Robyn is also a member of the Victoria University Council, a director of Te Puia – the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuarā and a trustee of the Herewahine Farms Trust. Robyn was made a Companion of the Order of New Zealand in 2012.
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.
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, and her third, Legacy, in 2018. In 2016 and 2018, 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 a 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 of Creative Writing course at the University of Auckland and the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature.
Ngāi Tahu, Muaupoko, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Rangi
At NZCER Press, the publishing arm of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, John Huria edits academic journals, reports and books, including a reo Māori series both for those researching education and for those writing their master’s and PhD theses in te reo Māori. John has worked with many writers and publishers, and novels and works of non-fiction he has edited have won or been shortlisted for national and international awards. He was a member of Te Waka Toi, the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand, and is a director of editorial consultancy Ahi Text Solutions. He works alongside writers, emergent or experienced, to make sure that each work achieves its own form, voice and dimensions. Beyond editing, he is wed to following a reading pattern of something old, something new, something sci-fi/generic, something true. And the borrowed and blue? Thanks libraries, no thanks maudlin literary fiction.
We have been fortunate to have the support of renowned author Patricia Grace on our trust board for many years. In 2017, Patricia retired from her service.