2020 Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award winner announced
Congratulations to the winner of the inaugural Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award, sponsored by Huia Publishing: Ngā Ngeru o te Tiriti o Pāia by Amiria Stirling from Aro Valley, Wellington.
He kaituhi a Amiria Stirling nō Te Whānau a Apanui, nō Ngāti Porou, nō Kāi Tahu hoki. Ko te wā tuarua tēnei kua tohua āna tuhinga ki tētahi tohu matua i Aotearoa.
I whakaurua tāna tuhinga ki te tohu 'Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira' hei mihi ki a Te Kahurangi Heikōkō, tētahi o ōna tino kaituhi.
I hua mai a 'Ngā Ngeru o te Tiriti o Pāia' i a Amiria e noho ana i Ōtaki, ki tētahi tiriti kaumātua e kīkī ana ki ā rātou ngeru! He ngeru taikaha, he ngeru nanakia, he ngeru ātaahua katoa rātou. I tuhi rotarota ia mō ā rātou whanonga me ā rātou mahi whakahōhā i ngā kainoho i tōna tiriti.
Oti rā, ko te reo peha, ko te reo rotarota, ko te reo katakata e hora ana i te paki, hei tōmina i ngā tamariki, i ngā pakeke anō hoki ki te pānui, ki te aroha hoki i te reo Māori.
Amiria Stirling is a writer from Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou and Kāi Tahu. She entered her story in the Storylines Te Kāhurangi Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award to acknowledge Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira, one of her most favourite writers.
The Cats of Pāia Street was written while Amiria lived in Ōtaki, in a street of kaumātua that was filled with their cats! They were all bold, cheeky and beautiful cats. She wrote poems about their behaviours and their troublesome antics towards those who lived on the street.
Figurative, poetic and humorous language is spread throughout the story, to entice children and adults alike to read and love te reo Māori.
Other shortlisted entrants:
Ko Matariki te Whaea by Charlotte Manga from Mt Eden, Auckland
Piri rāua ko Māta – 2007 by Kahurangi Douglas from Karori, Wellington
A third shortlisted entrant preferred not to be named.