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Dr Darryn Joseph

Dr Darryn Joseph (Ngāti Maniapoto) is more of an avid reader than a writer – reading a graphic novel a day, and a novel a week – usually science fiction. He has published over 24 books in Māori, from picture books to chapter books and textbooks.
His biggest unpublished book is his PhD about Māori figures of speech. He has worked in Māori Studies at Massey University, Palmerston North, for 12 years and lectures te reo Māori at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
After winning the 2003 Huia Short Stories Awards Te Pakiwaitara i te reo Māori mā ngā Pakeke for ‘Tama Tāhae, Tama Ora’ he was approached to write for children. His sci-fi trilogy featuring Rangi Tautoru was his first attempt at marrying his interests of science fiction and te reo Māori.
In 2010 Darryn spoke with fellow writer Peti Nohotima who also lives in Palmerston North. From that discussion an idea grew to write Hewa (literally ‘Fantasy’) so readers would be transported away to another world. Hewa explores identity and community.
Darryn’s latest work of fiction Te Poi Koiora entered immersion schools in 2013. It is about the need to plan ahead for climate change, and to think about and appreciate the resources we have now.
His non-fiction work about language appears in Mana Tangata (2011), and Kawea te Wairua o te Kupu (2012); and his children’s literature in Matariki Monograph (2010, 2012).
He has read 8,000 comics (Spiderman was the first at age 8) and would like to write and illustrate just one by his 45th birthday.
Selected bibliography:
  • RT3: Ki Tua o Rangi Atea published under Tākuta Hōhepa (Huia Publishers 2004).
  • RT3: Ki Tua o K-t-Pae published under Tākuta Hōhepa (Huia Publishers 2005).
  • RT3: Ki Tua o Tawauwau published under Tākuta Hōhepa (Huia Publishers 2005).
  • Hewa (Pearson Education 2009).
  • Te Poi Koiora (Pearson Education, 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.


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