Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers

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In 2007 the E tuhi! Get writing! Awards for Māori Writers were renamed the Pikihuia Awards. This is a biennial competition. These awards were established by Huia Publishers as the Huia Short Story Awards in 1995 to identify and foster Māori writing talent in both the English and Māori languages. The awards are run by the Māori Literature Trust.

To coincide with the competition Huia publishes Huia Short Stories, a book which contains the stories from the finalists.

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2017 finalists

Best Short Story written in te reo Māori

  • Iraia Bailey - Rākei me te Taraute Nui
  • Zeb Nicklin - Kaitiaki
  • Genesis Te Kuru White - Tūātea

Best Short Story written in English

  • Pere Durie - The Manu, the Coffin and the Old School
  • Lauren Keenan - A Portrait of Sandra Dee
  • Lauren Keenan - In the Shadow of Monte Cassino

For Best Novel Extract

  • Olivia Aroha Giles - Till We Kissed
  • Kelly Joseph - Obsidian Dream
  • Steph Matuku - The Crystal Cave

For Best Film Script

  • Aroha Awarau - Clenched
  • Pere Durie - Te Mura ō te Ahi
  • Nathaniel Hinde - Hawaiki

Best Short Story written by a Secondary School Student in English

  • Te Raina Durie, Tauranga Girls College - Boys-In-Arms
  • Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, Middleton Grange School - The Many Stories of my Koro
  • Lucy Matehaere, Otago Girls’ College - The Final Cut
  • Maia Kirikiri, Queen Margaret College - Long Journey Home
  • Jacqueline Elizabeth Te Kani Nankivell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whatatutu - Luna the Peacemaker
  • Nikau Wi Neera, Kapiti College - The Couple
  • Keimarire Tibble-Brown, Bethlehem College - Calm After the Storm

Best Short Story written by a Secondary School Student in te reo Māori

  • Anipātene Biddle, Te Kura o te Koutu - Te Mate ō te Pūreitanga
  • Katarina Havekamp, Te Kura o te Koutu - Pi... Pi... Pi...
  • Tahu Potiki Te Maro-Doran, Otaki College - Haututu

2015

Huia Short Stories: 11

Cover of Huia short stories 11Best Short Story written in te reo Māori

  • Darryn Joseph for Taku Ao, Tō Mate Kanehe Winner
  • Vincent Olsen-Reeder for Te Reo o te Kuia
  • Zeb Tamihana Nicklin for Taku Rua Rau

Best Short Story written in English

  • Robert MacDonald for Old Totara
  • Toni Pivac for In The Space of a Moment Winner
  • Aroha Bentson for The Power of Water

For Best Novel Extract written in English

  • Ann French for Hands of Time Winner
  • Anya Ngawhare for Average Kids and Bigots
  • Andre Hetariki for Tangaroa’s Promise

For Best Short Film Script

  • Aroha Awarau for Puti Winner
  • Aroha Awarau for Poi
  • Vicki-Anne Heikell for Priscilla and the Miracles

Best Short Story written by a Secondary School Student

  • Anna-Rose McGarvey, Otakiri School for Enlisted Winner
  • Imogen Porter, Wellington High School for Street Lights
  • Lucy Matehaere, Otago Girl’s High School for Maia’s Bay

2013

Huia Short Stories: 10

Cover of Huia short stories 10Best Short Story written in te reo Māori

  • Tihema Baker (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai) for Kei Wareware Tātou Winner
  • Highly Commended: Karuna Thurlow (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou) for He Tai Ope
  • Highly Commended: Petera Hakiwai (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Kāi Tahu) for Kei te pai ahau

Best Short Story written in English

  • Toni Pivac (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) for Joy Ride Winner
  • Highly Commended: Kelly Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto) for A Good Friday
  • Highly Commended: Anahera Korohina-Bowen (Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa) for The Kūmara Box

Best Novel Extract written in English

  • Ann French (Ngā Puhi) for Crushing Butterflies Winner
  • Highly Commended: Helen Waaka (Ngāti Whaatua, Ngāti Torehina, Ngā Puhi) for Waitapu - Eva; Staying alive
  • Highly Commended: Arihia Latham (Kāi Tahu) for Ahi Kaa

Best Short Film Script written in English

  • Lisa Cherrington (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) for Maitu's Luck  Winner
  • Highly Commended: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu) for The Dump
  • Highly Commended: Hiona Henare (Muaūpoko, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa) for Rabbit

Best Short Story written in Māori or English by a secondary school student

  • Hinerangi Curtis (Te Arawa) for A Girl Walks In Winner
  • Highly Commended:Marie Hoepo-Scott (Ngāti Kahungunu) for The Journey Home
  • Highly Commended: Haukapuanui Vercoe (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) for Ngā Kāmehameha Kahurangi

2011

Huia Short Stories: 9

Cover of Huia short stories 9Huia Publishers Short Story Award for Best Short Story Written in English

  • Helen Waaka (Waipukurau) for Hine Raumati Winner
  • Highly Commended: Anahera Gildea (Wellington) for Click Send
  • Highly Commended: Anita Tipene (Northland) for Te Ahi Ka

Te Pakiwaitara i Te Reo Māori Award for Best Short Story Written in Māori

  • Fred Te Maro (Wellington) for He Toa Pākīwaha Winner
  • Highly Commended: Erin Thompson-Pou (Rotorua) for Kei Te Wehi Ao, Ko Te Ao Marama
  • Highly Commended: PJ Akuhata (Gisborne) for Ngā Tinihanga a Māui

Te Puni KŌkiri Novel Extract Award for Best Novel Extract written in English

  • Marama Salsano (Gisborne) for Skin Winner
  • Highly Commended: Ann French (Tauranga) for Growing Up
  • Highly Commended: K-T Harrison (Hamilton) for Waiwhetu Wishes

The New Zealand Film Commission Te Tumu Taonga Award for Best Short Film Script written in English

  • Larissa McMillan (Wellington) for Engraved in Me Winner
  • Highly Commended: Mike Townsend (Wellington) for Te Ara – The Pathway

Te Waka Toi Secondary School Student Award for Best Short Story written in English by a Secondary School Student

  • Grace Allen (Palmerston North) for Blame Winner
  • Highly Commended: Maria Murray (Kaitaia) for I Fell from the Sky
  • Highly Commended: Jayziah Sula (Hawke’s Bay) for Nana

Te Waka Toi Secondary School Student Award for Best Short Story written in Māori by a Secondary School Student

  • Te Aorere Pēwhairangi (Palmerston North) for Pīwaiwaka Winner
  • Highly Commended: Kohukohurangi Isaac–Sharland (Palmerston North) for Te Mana o te Wai
  • Highly Commended: Hori Thompson (Rotorua) for Nau Mai Haere Mai

2009

Huia Short Stories: 8

Cover of Huia short stories 8Te Waka Toi Secondary Student Short Story Award for Best Short Story Written in Māori or English by a Secondary School Student

  • Got your back, bro by Tyler Edwardson (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau–a–Apanui), Kawerau resident. Winner
  • Highly Commended: Nothing lasts forever by Manita Grant (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea, Te Whānau–a–Apanui), Rotorua resident.
  • Highly Commended: Love and Hate by Tihema Baker (Ngati Rukawa), Otaki resident.

Huia Publishers Short Story Award for Best Short Story Written in English

  • Skin and Bones Tina Makereti (Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Rangatahi, Moriori), Paraparaumu resident. Winner
  • Highly Commended: Time Zone by Kelly Joseph (Ngati Maniapoto), Paekakariki resident.
  • Highly Commended: Land Antiquity by Piripi Evans (Ngati Mutunga, Ngai tahu), Paparangi resident.

Te Pakiwaitara i te Reo Māori Award for Best Short Story Written in Māori

  • He Reta mā Taku Huia Kaimanawa by Mōrehu Nikora (Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga–a–Māhaki), Gisborne resident. Winner
  • Highly Commended: A Ihu it e Pekanga by Ruihapounamu Ruwhiu (Te Whānau–a–Apanui, Nga Puhi, Ngati Awa), Rotorua resident.
  • Highly Commended: Hiahia atu, Heahea mai: Te Ngai a te Manako!

Te Puni Kōkiri Novel Extract Award for Best Novel Extract Written in English

  • A song for Jimmy by K–T Harrison (Waikato, Hauraki), Porirua City. Winner
  • Highly Commended: House of Mirrors by Paul Gilbert (Ngai Tahu), Hamilton resident.
  • Highly Commended: The Fire Eater by Ann French (Nga Puhi), Tauranga resident.

NZ Film Commission – Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga Award for Best Short Film Script Written in English

  • Ten cent life by Nathaniel Hinde (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou), Wellington resident. Winner
  • Highly Commended: Maaka’s vision by Kylie–Marama Meehan (Maniapoto), Tauranga resident
  • Highly Commended: Ross and Beth by Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa), Auckland resident.

2007

Huia Short Stories: 7

Cover of Huia Short stories 7Te Pakiwaitara i te Reo Māori Award for best short story in Māori

  • He Rongo Kino by Uenuku Fairhall (Te Arawa and Ngai te Rangi) Winner
  • Te Whānau Pihikete Michael Ross (Ngāti Haua)
  • Te Taiaha a Tama Basil Keane (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi, Rangitāne)

Award for best short story in English by a secondary school student

  • Lullaby Danielle Cavey (Ngāti Porou) Winner
  • Its Only Keegan Edwardson (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau–a–Apanui)

Award for best short story in Māori by a secondary school student

  • Toku Papa Te Teira Maxwell (Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa) Winner
  • Te Aopuangiangi rāua ko Mahuika Hine Te Ariki Parata–Walker (Ngāti Porou)

New Zealand Film Commission Award for best script for a short film

  • Road Warrior Rānui Taiapa (Ngāti Porou) Winner
  • Peace Fool Eva–Jane Suter (Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Mutunga)
  • Remote Mahinaarangi Ann Leong (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau–a–Apanui)

Huia Publishers Short Story Award for best short story in English

  • Secrets of the Heart Royna Ngahuia Fifield (Maniapoto, Tūwharetoa) Winner
  • Rust Melanie Drewery (Ngāti Mahanga)
  • Pavement Lunch Sandra Potaka (Te Arawa)

Te Puni Kōkiri Award for best novel extract in English

  • Morehu Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) Winner
  • Ani May Tina Nixon (Ngāi Tahu)
  • Rise and Shine Paul Gilbert (Ngāi Tahu)

Special Award

Oho and Wiremu Kaa for their work in Māori language publishing including their contribution to Tirohia Kimihia, the first Māori monolingual dictionary which was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2007.

2005: E tuhi! Get writing! Awards

Huia Short Stories: 6

Cover of Huia short stories 6Te Pakiwaitara i te Reo Māori Award for best short story in Māori for adults

Piripoi by Uenuku Fairhall (Ngāti Rangiwehiwehi, Waitaha, Ngāti He)

Award for best short story in English or Māori by a secondary school student

  • One Sweet Day by Stacey Morgan (Ngāti Kahungunu, Tuwharetoa) Winner
  • Totara by Sophie Parker (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa)
  • The Little Park by Rachel Torkler (Ngāti Kahungunu)

Huia Publishers Novel Award for best novel extract in English

Hiruharama by Isabel Mulholland (Ngāti Uepohutu)

New Zealand Film Commission Award for best script for a short film

Unclaimed Luggage by Whiti Hereaka (Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa)

Cover of Tu Huia Publishers Short Story Award for best short story in English

Who Bore the Force by Eru J Hart (Ngāti Kahungunu)

Special Award

Patricia Grace for her success being named a New Zealand Icon and winner of the Deutz medal for Fiction and Poetry at the 2005 Montana Book Awards for her novel Tu.

2003: E tuhi! Get writing! Awards

Huia Short Stories: 5

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Award (te pakiwaitara i te reo Māori mā ngā pakeke)

  • Tama Tāhae, Tama Ora Darryn Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto) Winner
  • Mā Te Reo Award (te pakiwaitara i te reo Māori mā ngā tamariki)
  • Kiwi te Kiwi me tō na Hāmaka Fay Williams (Ngāti Porou)

Te Puni Kōkiri Award (best short story in English or Māori by a Māori secondary school student)

  • Puawai Samantha Lee (Te Rarawa) Winner
  • Pou Tokomanawa Lyle McMahon (Ngāti Whare/Tainui)
  • Mere and her poi Marama Kainamu–Wheeler (Nga Puhi)

Huia Publishers Novel Award (best novel extract by a Māori writer)

Flying without Fear Michelle Manning (Ngāti Kahungunu)

Huia Publishers Short Story Award (best short story in English by a Māori writer)

Gauguin’s Flowers Shona Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu)

Cover of The Whale RiderNew Zealand Film Commission Film Script Award (best script for a short film by a Māori writer)

Sunshine by Lisa Te Hira and Patricia Donnelly (Ngāti Awa/Kahungunu)

Special Award

Witi Ihimaera for international success with Whale Rider – the book and the film

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