15 September 2016
“I stand proudly behind Black Ice Matter, and proudly behind Gina Cole,” Selina Tusitala Marsh, one of New Zealand's foremost Pasifika poets, told guests at the launch of Gina Cole's debut book, Black Ice Matter. And as New Zealand's first Pasifika woman to graduate with a PhD in English, Selina has a bit of experience with literature.
10 August 2016
Last night, the book written by distinguished author Patricia Grace 'WHITI TE RĀ!' won the Te Kura Pounamu award for the best book in te reo Māori at the annual NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.
17 June 2016
Another round of Te Papa Tupu will kick off at the start of July with six new Māori writers selected to go through the unique incubator.
08 June 2016
Haka, by renowned author Patricia Grace, has been chosen as a finalist for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
26 February 2016
Kia ora koutou, nga mihi atu ki a koutou.
30 October 2015
On a wet afternoon last Saturday in Wellington, the sun shone inside Te Wharewaka o Poneke as the winners for the 2015 Pikihuia Awards for Maori writers were announced.
The winners were:
Best Short Story written by a Secondary Student
Anna-Rose McGarvey, Otakiri School – Enlisted (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi, Tuwharetoa) Kawerau
Best Novel Extract
Ann French – Hands of Time (Ngāpuhi) Tauranga
Best Short Film Script
Aroha Awarau – Puti (Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Porou) Auckland
Best Short Story written in English
Toni Pivac – In the Space of a Moment (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Te Rārawa) Whangarei
Best Short Story written in Māori
Darryn Joseph – Toku Ao, Tō Mate Kanehe (Ngāti Maniapoto) Palmerston North
The stories drew praise from all of the judges although the best short film scripts proved a bit different. '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” said Larry Parr, judge for the Best Short Film Script.
The ceremony also saw Peti Nohotima receive the Huia Kahurangi Special Award for her Lifetime Contributions to Māori Literature.
Te Waka Taki Kōrero once again thanked their sponsors Creative New Zealand, Excel Digital, Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, Te Māngai Pāho, 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.