Maori Writers


Applications are open for the second Maori Writer’s Residency on Kapiti Island.
The Tau Mai e Kapiti residency, the only one of its kind in New Zealand, will take place during Matariki, the Maori New Year, between June and August 2009.
Last year’s inaugural residency was won by Paora Tibble, who worked on a Maori-language novel for young readers.
During the eight-week residency the winner lives and writes at the privately-owned block at Waiorua Bay, at the north end of Kapiti, and shares meals and some of the facilities with the host families of the Kapiti Nature Lodge.
“The writer gets the chance to hear some of the stories of this island, historical and contemporary, and to create his or her own writing in this extraordinary natural environment,” says Minnie Clark from the Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust.
Applications are being received from Maori writers aged 25 and over until February 27, 2009 and the judging panel’s decision will be announced in April.
Writers dealing with the following subjects are eligible: Non-fiction, fiction, poetry, scripts and waiata/songs.
The award’s “Tau Mai e Kapiti” name comes from a patere, or chant, composed by Kingi Tahiwi in the 1980’s.
Information and application forms are available from Minnie Clark at PO Box 28, Otaki.

Updated 21st Dec 2008