Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa
For over twenty years, Robyn Bargh has dedicated her life to building Māori literature in New Zealand. In 2014, she stepped down from her roleas 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. Besides HUIA work, Robyn is Chair of the Māori Literature Trust, 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.
After over twenty years of publishing, Brian Bargh recently retired from his roles as Director of HUIA and Commercial Publishing Manager. Brian has had over thirty years’ involvement in advocating for environmental and social justice and has been a negotiator in Māori grievances against the Crown. In 2016, he wrote The Struggle for Māori Fishing Rights: Te Ika a Māori about the recognition and restoration of Māori fishing rights, and he also co-edited with Robyn Bargh a collection of short fiction by New Zealand writers, Ngā Hau e Whā: Stories on the Four Winds. Brian continues to provide advice to the Commercial Publishing Team and the Manuscript Assessment Team at HUIA.