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Storylines Te Kahurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

Shortlist for 2020 Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award announced

Congratulations to the creators of the manuscripts shortlisted for the inaugural Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award:
  • Ko Matariki te Whaea by Charlotte Manga from Mt Eden, Auckland
  • Piri rāua ko Māta – 2007 by Kahurangi Douglas from Karori, Wellington
  • Ngā Ngeru o te Tiriti o Pāia by Amiria Stirling from Aro Valley, Wellington.
The winner will be announced at the Storylines National Awards Day on 5 April, in Auckland. Please register via the web page if you wish to attend.

Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

Dame Katerina Mataira
The Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made annually, when merited, to the New Zealand author of an unpublished work written originally in or simultaneously translated into te reo Maori.
The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. The next award will be made in April 2020, with the deadline for entries being 31 October 2019.


Storylines is delighted to announce that in 2019 it launched a new award, the Storylines Te Kaurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award, for a manuscript written originally in te reo Maori.
The award is sponsored by Huia Publishers, and in the first year also supported by Massey University Te Pūtahi-a-Toi: School of Māori Knowledge through the cash award of $1500 for the winning author. The award is also supported by the Māori Literature Trust.The

The award recognises Te Kahurangi (Dame) Kāterina's outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature in te reo Māori, in her publishing output for children, young adults and adults, and her tireless work to promote the use of te reo Māori,.

The award is open to any New Zealand writer, published or unpublished, who meets the eligibility criteria on the Entry Form. (If in doubt, please seek a ruling from the Storylines Awards Administrator.) The  work MUST be originally written in te reo Māori (not a translation), and the writer can submit work in any genre: picture book, junior fiction, young adult, non-fiction.

Manuscripts, with accompanying form and fee payment, must be sent/postmarked no later than 31 October in the year of entry.

The award winner is announced the following March and the published book launched the following year. Download the guidelines  and entry form here:

Storylines Te Kahurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award Guidelines 2020

Storylines Te Kahurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Entry Form 2020


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