Contemporary Māori writers express Māori stories and issues relevant to Māori through written text, publication and story-telling in te reo Māori and English languages.
The primary focus for contemporary Māori writers is the retention of Māori knowledge through publication of texts in the te reo Māori, encouraging new writers, skill development and advocacy for publications with more Māori content.
There are two Toi Māori Aotearoa writing committees:
Ngā Pou Kaituhi Maori: non-fiction writing in te reo Māori
Chair: Wena Tait
Committee: Paora Tibble
Te Hā: Contemporary Māori Writers: a collective of senior writers in multiple genre working regionally but networked to facilitate projects with national and international focus
Chair: James George
Committee: Dr Bridget Underhill, Nadine Hura
The primary event for the Toi Māori Aotearoa Māori writers is the Māori Writers Hui, which is held biennially in locations throughout Aotearoa.
Māori performing arts is showcased in many different forms – from kapa haka to contemporary dance. Practitioners continue to tell our stories, as well as push the boundaries to both national and international audiences.
Other Māori art forms:
Carving | Music | Performing Arts | Tā Moko | Tikanga | Visual Arts | Waka | Weaving | Māori Writing
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