Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

The Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards were established in 2009 by Massey University. They started as a way of marking Māori Language Day, and of recognising and encouraging excellence in Māori writing and publishing. 

See more literary prize winners.

2017

Journalism Award finalists and winners

Te Mahi Toi – Art

Te Kōrero o Mua/Te Haurongo - Biography/History

Te Tuhinga Auaha – Creative Writing

Te Reo Māori - Māori Language

Te Kōrero Pono - Non-Fiction

Non-fiction Politics

2016

Browse our booklist of the 2016 finalists.

Te Mahi Toi – Arts

Te Kōrero o Mua/Te Haurongo - History/Biography

Te Tuhinga Auaha – Creative Writing

Te Reo Māori - Māori Language

Te Kōrero Pono - Non-Fiction

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2015

Te Mahi Toi – Arts

Te Haurongo - Biography

Te Tuhinga Auaha  – Creative Writing

Te Kōrero o Mua - History

Te Reo Māori – Māori language

Te Kōrero Pono – Non-fiction

2014

Te Mahi Toi – Arts

  • Cover of Fred GrahamFred Graham Fred Graham and Maria de Jong (Huia Publishers) Winner
  • E Kata te rakau Phil Belcher (Hastings City Art Gallery)
  • Kia Ronaki edited by Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta, Tania Ka’ai and John Moorfield (Pearson)

Te Haurongo me Te Hītori – Biography and History

Te Pakimaero – Fiction

Te Reo Māori – Māori language

He tuhi Marei-Kura Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Aka & Associates)

Te Kōrero Pono – Non-fiction

2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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