December 02, 2013
Makeriti to use writer’s whare
Kapiti Coast writer Tina Makereti has been named next year’s Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writer in Residence, allowing her to spend half the year at the historic cottage in the central Wellington suburb of Thorndon.
Ms Makereti’s first collection of short stories, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, was published in 2010 by Huia Publishers and won the 2011 Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize
She intends to work on an historical and allegorical novel based on the experiences of the indigenous people such as Maori who were exhibited as cultural artefacts and oddities in Victorian London and elsewhere in Europe.
Selection panel chair Dame Fiona Kidman says it was an exciting and original project, drawing on an almost forgotten but unsettling aspect of New Zealand's history.
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