Te Kaituhi Māori

Nau mai, haere mai ki te kāhui o ngā kaituhi Māori.

Welcome to the Te Kaituhi Māori, the new organisation for Māori writers. Formally established last month, the co-chairs are award-winning novelist Airana Ngarewa and author Regina de Wolf Ngarimu. The committee includes writers Michelle Rahurahu, Perena Quinlivan and Emma Hislop. Patrons are past-President of Honour Witi Ihimaera and Haare Williams writer and rangatira o te reo.

Te Kaituhi Māori is an exciting evolving space designed to bring together, support, and uplift the voices of kaituhi from across the motu and beyond. It hopes to develop an inclusive and collaborative, rather than competitive, kaupapa with Māori-led organisations publishers, libraries and festivals having significant Māori components, the Maori Literature Trust, Te Hā o Nga Pou Kaituhi, Kotahi Rau Pukapuka and so on. As well, it expects to widen involvement of Maori literary practitioners previously not catered for in te reo including te reo translators, academia, film, television and other electronic media. This will be their atamira.

The first major undertaking by Te Kaituhi Māori will be the holding of a wananga at Ōrongomai Marae, Upper Hutt, 3-5 May. Entitled “He Aha Te Taiao O Kaituhi Māori?”,  the wānanga hopes to attract Maori literary practitioners to discuss the question: What is the world of Māori writers? Prominent exponents like Patricia Grace, Haare Williams and Witi Ihimaera will be featured talking about their careers and what it has taken to sustain themselves within the whakapapa of New Zealand literature. The wānanga will offer panels discussing such topics as Who are we? What has been our trauma? What do we need to assure our future? Special events are being planned to acknowledge those Māori writers like Keri Hulme and Renee who have died recently, evening readings programmes, and a “Rangatahi Speak” forum for young writers.

The wānanga is expected to inaugurate a biennial series. They will be held hand in hand with larger alternating hui, the first of which will be held at the invitation of Witi Ihimaera, at Poho-o-Rawiri marae, February 2025, with visits proposed to Rongopai and Whāngārā. The hui will offer more practical sessions, workshops and lectures on the various practices that make up Māori literature, not only contemporary but also traditional.

As well as wānanga and hui, Te Kaituhi Māori will be offering professional development wānanga – both kanohi ki te kanohi, and online. If you wish to register your interest, or have any requests for particular topics, themes, speakers, we welcome your thoughts and feedback.

Come join us on this haerenga! (Already a regional branch member? Fear not e hoa, you can be a member of both.)

Te Kaituhi Māori Hui May 3-5  Tui tui tuhituhia (Come together, write)

HE AHA TE TAIAO O KAITUHI MĀORI? What is the World of Māori Writers?

Karanga mai ra e ngā kaituhi Māori!

Te Kaituhi Māori is delighted to extend to you an invitation to join us for a three-day wānanga that celebrates and explores the richness of Māori literature, hosted by Te Kaituhi Māori, a new Māori-led kaupapa that is supported by the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc.

As prominent voices in the literary landscape, your presence is invaluable as we come together to delve into the major themes, barriers, and celebrations for the modern Māori writer today.The event aims to invite Māori writers to share breath, a kawhe and kōrero as a community about who we are, what our trauma is, and where we are going.

We kindly request your presence at this significant gathering, where your contributions will be invaluable in shaping the discourse surrounding Māori literature and its future trajectory as a collective of writers, publishers, editors, and industry stakeholders. Together, let us celebrate the power of storytelling and the diverse narratives that define our whakapapa. We eagerly anticipate your presence and participation in this enriching event.

Date: 3-5 May    Time: Powhiri, Friday 3rd May, 6 pm
Venue: Ōrongomai Marae, 1/9 Railway Avenue, Maidstone, Upper Hutt 5018
Cost: $50 for registration or $125 for registration and two nights accommodation and meals. Children under 12 free

Should you require any further information or financial assistance to subsidise the fees, please do not hesitate to contact us at tekahui@nzauthors.org.nz  Please register to confirm your attendance ASAP. There are limited spaces for this event so please confirm early or you may miss out!” Here is the registration link

Join Us

To join our rōpu, and/or for pātai and pānui, please do get in touch! This will enable us to develop a competent inclusive database, we don’t want to miss anybody out. If you are interested in serving on the committee, do let us know. We are looking for a couple more committee members right now and, also, for serving as future committee members.

We welcome you, and your whakaaro to ensure this space is as valuable and welcoming as it can be for you and kaituhi Māori katoa.

We are grateful for Matua Witi Ihimaera for helming Te Kaituhi Māori and encouraging our leadership so that we may grow it for our generation.

We also acknowledge the significant mahi, vision and tautoko of Kim Harris. Ngā mihi nunui ki a ia.

Mō mātou

Airana Ngarewa

Airana Ngarewa

Born and raised in Pātea, Airana Ngarewa (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāruahine) is the author of The Bone Tree. His writing has also been published by RNZ, NZ Herald, Newsroom and Landfall. He won the short story and poetry competitions at the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards in 2022.

E kore e ka te rakau rewarewa
E kore e ka te ngakau Ngarewa

Airana is co-chair of Te Kaituhi Māori, with Regina De Wolf-Ngarimu.

Emma Hislop

Emma Hislop

Emma Hislop (Kāi Tahu) is a Taranaki-based writer. She is the author of Ruin, published by Te Herenga Waka University Press in 2023 and longlisted for the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published in Aotearoa and overseas, including Action Spectacle, The Listener, Newsroom, The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch and Takahē. She has a Masters of Creative Writing from the IIML and in 2023 was the recipient of the Michael King International residency at Varuna House. She belongs to Te Hā Taranaki.


Photo credit: Ebony Lamb.



Michelle Rahurahu
Michelle Rahurahu

Michelle Rahurahu (Ngāti Rahurahu, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa) is a writer that was raised by tāngata turi. She is a co-editor of Te Rito o te Harakeke, an anthology of Māori voices for Ihumātao. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML where she won the Modern Letters Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Michael Gifkins Prize for her novel manuscript Pōhara.

Michelle Rahurahu is Te Māngai Māori ki te Poari.




Perena Quinlivan
Perena Quinlivan

Perena Quinlivan (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is a Tāmaki Makaurau based writer.

With Māori, Irish, and French whakapapa, an upbringing infused with zealous Catholicism and a mother whose first language was Te Reo Māori, Perena’s worldview was shaped by the magical power of language.

Perena became a professional actor and wrote for theatre after finishing English Literature and Drama studies, and he later pursued post-graduate studies in international business, politics, and management. His fluency in Bahasa Indonesian enabled him to work in the Asia-Pacific region, on diplomatic postings and as a Sydney-based management consultant.

As a public servant in Australia and New Zealand, Perena has worked in foreign affairs, international development, Māori economic development, and the arts sector, where he had responsibility for major cultural diplomacy programmes in Europe and Asia.

Regina de Wolf-Ngarimu
Regina de Wolf-Ngarimu

Regina de Wolf-Ngarimu (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga) is a Māori author and poet from the East Coast who loves kaimoana – penname R. de Wolf. In 2022 she co-edited and published Kaituhi Rāwhiti Two: Weaving of Words with the Tairāwhiti Writers Hub, featuring over 40 writers connected to te Tairāwhiti. Active in the community, Regina encourages rangatahi to kaumatua to find their voice, preserve knowledge and publish commercial or private work. She’s published four novels, two poetry collections and appeared in three anthologies, including Ngā Kupu Wero, since 2020.

Regina is co-chair of Te Kaituhi Māori, with Airana Ngarewa.



Witi Ihimaera
Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera was NZSA President of Honour in 2023. A hard-working author, with 14 novels to his credit, his recent work includes editing A Kind of Shelter and Nga Kupu Wero and publishing the 50th Anniversary edition of his first novel Tangi in a rewritten edition. He lives in Auckland.





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