Story: Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki

An accurate prediction

An accurate prediction

Te Ao Hou, a magazine for Māori readers produced by the Māori Affairs Department, was one of the earliest outlets for Māori fiction. Annual literary competitions encouraged budding writers to put pen to paper – including, in 1960, contest winner Peter Sharples, who as Pita Sharples went on to lead the Māori Party. In his report on the 1960 competition the magazine's editor, Bruce Mason, wrote, 'I expect – I say this in full confidence – that the next ten years will produce a Maori novelist of outstanding talent; already the ground is being prepared for him.' In 1972 the first book of Māori fiction was published – Witi Ihimaera's collection of short stories, Pounamu, pounamu. Ihimaera began writing fiction in earnest in 1969.

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Reference: Te Ao Hou 34 (March 1961), p.26

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Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, 'Māori fiction – ngā tuhinga paki - Roots of Māori fiction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/42288/an-accurate-prediction (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, published 22 Oct 2014