Writing in Te Reo and English
Patricia Grace at the 'Kotahi Rau: One Hundred Māori Book Titles' project, 1999 Toi Māori Festival, Rotorua
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 Māori writers' committees:
Nā Te Hā o Ngā Pou Kaituhi Māori
Co-Chairs: Nadine Hura, Anahera Gildea
Members: Wena Tait, Paora Tibble, Ruth Smith, Kirsty Dunn, Emma Espiner, Cassie Hart, Trent Hohaia,
James George, Bridget Underhill, Jacqueline Carter, Ripeka Takotowai Goddard
The primary event for these committees is the Māori Writers Hui, which is held biennially in locations throughout Aotearoa.