Story: Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki

An accurate prediction

An accurate prediction

Te Ao Houa magazine for Māori readers produced by the Māori Affairs Department, was one of the earliest outlets for Māori fiction. Annual literary competitions encouraged budding writers to put pen to paper – including, in 1960, contest winner Peter Sharples, who as Pita Sharples went on to co-lead the Māori Party (Te Pāti Māori). In his report on the 1960 competition the magazine's editor, Bruce Mason, wrote, 'I expect – I say this in full confidence – that the next ten years will produce a Maori novelist of outstanding talent; already the ground is being prepared for him.' In 1972 the first book of Māori fiction was published – Witi Ihimaera's collection of short stories, Pounamu, pounamu. Ihimaera began writing fiction in earnest in 1969.

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Reference: Te Ao Hou 34 (March 1961), p.26

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Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, 'Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki - Roots of Māori fiction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, published 22 Oct 2014