October 08, 2018
Renee vision earns PM’s Award
Trailblazing Māori dramatist and fiction writer Renee is one of this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary achievement.
The Ngāti Kahungunu wahine, who is approaching her 90th year, will get $60,000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
Critic, curator and poet Wystan Curnow won the award in the non-fiction category and Michael Harlow for poetry.
The Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts, Culture and Heritage, Jacinda Ardern, says each writer has broken new ground in their art form and helped lead the way for others.
Entrants are nominated by the public and assessed by an external expert panel.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Premier House in Wellington next Monday.
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