05 March 2019
Everyone remembers the bus ride on school trips. The smell of orange peel and soggy sandwiches, and later on at High School the scents of fruity lip gloss and deodorant, the bitchy comments and showing off, entrenching the social hierarchy. This is how we begin Flight of the Fantail, setting up our characters in a few smart lines of dialogue. Devin: poor, unacademic, mercilessly teased. Rocky: school jock, handsome, always right. Eva: mouthy, popular, in love with Mandy. Idelle: bully, nasty piece of work. Jahmin: rich kid, joker, likeable. Then, bam!, the action begins as the bus plunges off a cliff into a river in the middle of nowhere.
28 November 2018
Wellington-based writer Whiti Hereaka launches her third novel Legacy, a thrilling and realistic story of being in the great war. Fans will be captivated by the time-travel adventure and experience a sense of connection with the characters who represent real-life soldiers.
28 November 2018
09 July 2018
21 June 2018
‘Mental health issues are arguably the single greatest threat to Māori health and well-being,’ says Professor Te Kani Kingi, one author of the new book Maea te Toi Ora: Māori Health Transformations. This book brings together a number of Māori clinicians and researchers to explore the relationship between Māori culture and Māori mental health. It includes chapters by Mason Durie, Simon Bennett, Hinemoa Elder, Te Kani Kingi, Mark Lawrence and Rees Tapsell, with insightful case studies from their own experiences of working with Māori to restore well-being.
12 June 2018
31 May 2018
To celebrate Sāmoan Language Week, we've shortlisted a selection of playful, inspiring and intriguing books.
15 February 2018
Mataatua Wharenui – The House That Came Home
05 February 2018
Many iwi have been through the Treaty of Waitangi Claims process to try and resolve past injustices, however very few have been able to document the detail of the process, provide an analysis of the policy and behaviour of the government both before and during the process and then write a book about it, while still waiting for a partial settlement of their claims. Ngāti Kahu have done just that.
30 January 2018
Māori writers once again have an opportunity to grow their skills and fine-tune their writing in Te Papa Tupu, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers.
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.