Talented Maori Authors at Library
7 February 2003
Five Maori authors will present readings and korero (discussion)
of their work at Central City Library on Monday 10 February, 6pm
Christchurch City Libraries is delighted that Te
Ha has chosen the new Nga Pounamu Maori Centre in the Central
City Library as a venue to host this event, says Haneta Pierce,
Maori Services Librarian.
Te Ha was established in 1991 as a forum for contemporary
Maori writers to promote excellence in writing and encourage new
The following authors will speak at the event:
Briar Grace-Smith, an award winning writer of plays. She
has also worked as an actor and writer with Maori Theatre companies
Te Ohu Whakaari and He Ara Hou. Her first major play, Nga pou
Wahine earned her the 1995 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and
her second, Purapurawhetu won best New Zealand play at the
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.
Powhiri Rika-Heke, chairperson of Te Ha and a lecturer in
the Department of English at the University of Canterbury. Her current
research includes a comparative study of Maori and First Nations
Canadian writings in English. Powhiri has recently returned from
Germany, where she developed and presented a university course in
Robert Sullivan, manager of Maori library services at the
University of Auckland has recently returned from Canada where he
participated in Honouring Words International Indigenous
Authors Celebration Tour 2002. Robert will have two books published
this year, a retelling of Maori mythology for children, Creation
Voyages, and a book on poetry, Captain Cook in the Underworld.
Apirana Taylor, a writer, poet, storyteller, painter and
actor. His first novel He Tangi Aroha was published in 1993. Apiranas
other works include the play, Whaea Kairau, a book of poetry,
Soft Leaf falls of the Moon, and a collection of short stories,
Iti te Kopara. During 2002, Apirana was Ursula Bethell Writer
in Residence at the University of Canterbury.
Mere Whaanga, Auckland Museums manager of iwi values.
She has written and illustrated three bilingual childrens
books and is pursuing a masters degree in Maori Development
at Massey University. Mere was awarded the Fellowship in Maori History
for 2001/02 and has recently received the Creative NZ Te Waka Toi
Writers Grant 2003 to work on an adult novel, Only the
Shadow of Desire.
We hope people will take the opportunity to come and listen
to these authors on Monday evening. It is a privilege to have such
talent together at our library and we look forward to sharing this
experience with as many people as possible, says Haneta Pierce.
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