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, and she is currently on the board of the Māori Literature Trust.