A PhD graduate of Massey University and a Māori language undergraduate from The University of Waikato, Dr Darryn Joseph is a writer/illustrator who has Ngāti Maniapoto affiliations. His research into Māori figures of speech has been to his advantage when coining phrases in Māori and in English. He is married with three tumeke children who love kōmeke (comics) like him. He has been a Māori language teacher to adults in tertiary education for 20 years but more marvellously has collected and read comics for more than 40 years.
In 2003 after winning the Huia Short Stories Award for best short story in te reo Māori he was commissioned by Huia Publishers to write a sci-fi chapter book RT3: Ki Tua o Rangi ātea
(2004). This was followed by RT3: Ki Tua o K-T-Pae
(2005) and then RT3: Ki tua o Tāwauwau
(2006) to complete the tirlogy.
Darryn's book Hewa
won the Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Te Kura Pounamu Award for Children’s Book Awards in 2010.
- RT3 Ki Tua o Rangi Ātea illustrated by Ali Teo (Huia Publishers 2004)
- RT3 Ki Tua o K-t-Pae illustrated by Ali Teo (Huia Publishers 2005)
- RT3 Kia Tua o Tāwauwau illustrated by Ali teo (Huia Publishers 2006)
- Kaitoa illustrated by Chris Slane (H.A.N.A. Ltd 2007)
- Tinirau Rāua ko Kae illustrated by Steve Templer ((H.A.N.A. 2007)
- Hewa (Pearson 2009)
- Te Poi Koiora (Pearson 2013)
- Winner Huia Short Stories Awards Te Pakiwaitara i te reo Māori mā ngā Pakeke for ‘Tama Tāhae, Tama Ora’ 2003.
- LIANZA Kura Pounamu Award 2010 for Hewa.
- Recipient of Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Grant 2010.