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:
Ngā Pou Kaituhi Māori: non-fiction writing in te reo Māori
Chair: Wena Tait
Committee: Paora Tibble, Trent Hohaia
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 Anne Hura, Anahera Gildea, Kirsty Dunn
The primary event for these committees is the Māori Writers Hui, which is held biennially in locations throughout Aotearoa.