July 12, 2016
Book awards make room for journalists
Massey University’s Nga Kupu Ora Maori book awards will this year include a journalism award for the first time.
Raewyn Rasch from the university’s Maori and Pasifika directorate says it’s an area that has been overlooked by mainstream journalism awards.
She says it’s a way to heighten the profile of Maori journalism, encourage young people to think about becoming journalists, and a chance to think about what makes good Maori journalism.
"Maori media has played a really vital role in encouraging the the growth of a bicultural nation. This award will recognise the role it's already played but also encourage us to think about how we develop our media, how we develop that Maori voice in media going into the future," says Raewyn Rasch.
A national hui on Maori journalism will be held at Massey’s Albany campus in conjunction with the awards, which will be held at the Auckland War Memorial museum on October 3.
Journalists in any media with whakapapa Maori are invited to submit a portfolio of three stories published in 2015 for the award, with information online at
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