These awards started in 1995 as a short story writing competition and were a way to find writers. Since that time, the event has expanded from two categories to six different categories. It is now known as the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers and is into its third decade.
The awards are organised by the Māori Literature Trust – Te Waka Taki Kōrero in collaboration with Huia Publishers.
Held every two years, these awards aim to discover and promote new and emerging talent. The Pikihuia Awards encourage diverse Māori viewpoints in both English and Māori and provide an opportunity for writers to practise their craft and be recognised for it.
The next awards are being held in 2019. To keep up to date with the awards and writers' news, sign up to our e-pānui or visit www.mlt.org.nz.