August 10, 2014
Step up for six writers
Six Maori writers have been chosen for six months of intense mentoring and workshops that could give them a break into the literary world.
There were a record 63 entries to this year’s Te Papa Tupu Writers’ Contest, which is a joint venture between the Maori Literature Trust, Creative New Zealand and Huia Publishers.
Previous participants have included Whiti Hereaka, who received a special award at this year’s NZ Post Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards for her novel Bugs.
This year’s winners include Shelley Burnefield of Ngati Mutunga,Jo Kemp Baker from Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahu, Terence Rissetto of Ngati Paoa and Ngai Tahu, David Hill from Ngapuhi,
Lennox Jones from Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Kahungunu and Robert MacDonald from Rangitane ki Wairau, Ngati Kahungunu.
Mr MacDonald, whose day job is running Waimarama Maori Tours, says he has always loved writing, and Te Papa Tupu will give him a chance to record a lifetime of stories.
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