Celebrating Māori Writers - past, present, and future.

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Hai Whakanui

To highlight, celebrate, and honour Māori writers

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Hai Tautoko

To support Māori writers of diverse genres, share knowledge, and provide platforms to showcase their work

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Hai Whakatenatena

To inspire a new generation of Māori writers and pass down knowledge through wānanga

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Hai Whakatairanga

Promoting the mātauranga of reading and writing to the iwi whānui

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Hai Wānanga

A gathering of all people to engage with Māori literature

Ngā Ringa Tuhituhi Writers at Kupu 2022

Celebrating Writers of the Past

13 Jun | Mon

Wi Maihi Te Rangikāheke

Tarimano Marae, Awahou

15 Jun | Wed


Mākereti Papakura

Te Pākira Marae, Whakarewarewa

17 June | Fri


Himiona Te Pikikōtuku

Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea

Te Hōtaka Kupu 2022 Programme Sheet

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Rātapu | Sunday

15:30 - 17:30

Pōhiri & Kupu Launch - Celebrating Māori Literature

Te Papa-i-Ōuru, Ōhinemutu

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Robyn Rangihuia Bargh

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Ngahuia Te Awekōtuku

Rātahi | Monday

14:05 - 15:05

High School

John Paul College

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Dr Nēpia Mahuika

17:15 - 20:00

Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke - Decolonising History

Venue: Tarimano Marae, Awahou
Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikaheke, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, was one of Te Arawa’s greatest scholars - a fine writer and speaker, a politician and public servant. Arapine Walker, Chris Winitana and Dr Nepia Mahuika talk about the legacy of Te Rangikaheke and perspectives on decolonising history, chaired by Te Ururoa Flavell.

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Arapine Walker

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Dr Nēpia Mahuika

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Chris Winitana

Rārua | Tuesday

10:00 - 11:00

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori

Venue: Hurungaterangi

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Paraone Gloyne

14:10 - 15:10

High School Writing Workshop

Te Kura o Rotohokahoka Western Heights High School

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Paula Morris

17:15 - 20:00

Mōteatea

Venue: Tama-Te-Kapua Marae, Ōhinemutu
Māori language advocate, Paraone Gloyne, leads an evening of learning, writing and performing Ngā Mōteatea along with teacher and composer Tenga Rangitauira, and Rangitihi Pene.

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Paraone Gloyne

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Tenga Rangitauira

Rātoru | Wednesday

10:00 - 11:00

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori

Ruamata

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Ben Ngaia

14:00 - 15:00

High School Writing Workshop

Venue: Rautāwhiri Rotorua Girls High School

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Paula Morris

17:15 - 20:00

Makereti Papakura - Society as it Was, Is, and Could Be

Venue: Te Pākira Marae, Whakarewarewa
Mākereti Papakura was best known as a guide and entertainer. However, she was also a writer, her book The Old-time Maori was published in 1938. The panel feature sisters Dr Keri-Anne Wikitera and Nari Faiers who will speak about their research on Mākereti. The night also includes a kōrero from Tā Dr Tīmoti Kāretu from his writing experiences of many years.

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Dr Tā Tīmoti Kāretu

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Keri-Anne Wikitera

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Nari Faiers

Rāwhā | Thursday

10:00 - 11:00

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori

Te Koutu

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Pania Tahau-Hodges

13:00 - 15:00

High School

Venue: Raukura Rotorua Boys High School

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Michael Bennett

18:30 - 20:00

Pō Pakimaero | Fiction Night

Venue: Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library
Becky Manawatu, Okham NZ Book Award winner 2020 and Cassie Hart, writer of speculative fiction, are joined by award-winning screen-writer, director and author Michael Bennett.

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Becky Manawatu

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Michael Bennett

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Cassie Hart

Rārima | Friday

10:00 - 11:00

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori

Whangamarino

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Pania Tahau-Hodges

11:20 - 12:20

Inspiring the Next Generation

Western Heights High School

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Shilo Kino

12:30 - 13:30

High School

Rotorua Lakes High School

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Pania Tahau-Hodges

17:15 - 20:00

To Kōkau Himiona Te Pikikōtuku - Matariki

Venue: Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea
Professor Rangi Matāmua talks about his tupuna and the original manuscript which became an important resource for his work. Dr Matāmua’s book Matariki - The Star of the Year explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense, so it can be better understood and celebrated in our modern society.

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Dr Rangi Matamua

Rāhoroi | Saturday

09:00 - 10:00

My Life as a Writer

Patricia Grace in conversation with Anahera Gildea
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Patricia Grace

10:00-11:00

Writers Making Waves

Whiti Hereaka and Shilo Kino are two of a new generation of Māori writers. Whiti won the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2022 with her novel Kurangaituku.
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Shilo Kino

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Whiti Hereaka

11:00 - 12:00

Te Reo Māori ki te Ao

Stacey Morrison makes learning Māori language an easy, safe and fun experience.
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Stacey Morrison

13:00 - 14:00

Imagining Decolonisation

Decolonisation is a term that alarms some and gives hope to others. Rebecca Kiddle and Mike Ross provide real-life examples of decolonisation in practice.
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Dr Michael Ross

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Dr Rebecca Kiddle

13:30 - 14:30

Wānanga 1: Motūhaketanga - A Case for Self Publishing

Qiane Matata-Sipu talks about her experience self publishing her book Nuku – Stories of 100 Indigenous Women.
Rotorua Arts Village

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Qiane Matata-Sipu

14:00 - 15:00

Ngā Kete Mātauranga

It is a shameful fact that only 5% of academic staff in universities are Māori. Professor Jacinta Ruru and Dr Maria Bargh talk about what being Māori has meant for them in their work in tertiary institutions and for their own iwi.
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Prof. Jacinta Ruru

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Dr Maria Bargh

14:30 - 15:30

Wānanga 2: A Publishers Guide to Publishing

Founder of Huia Publishers, Robyn Bargh, provides some insights to the process of getting published.
Rotorua Arts Village

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Robyn Rangihuia Bargh

15:00 - 16:00

Indigenous Research

Dr Hinemoa Elder and Dr Ngahuia Murphy in discussion with Qiane Matata-Sipu about their books Aroha and Te Awa Atua.
Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Library

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Dr Hinemoa Elder

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Dr Ngahuia Murphy

16:00 - 17:00

Poetry & Spoken Kupu

The inimitable Ruby Solly - Kai Tahu musician, taonga puoro practitioner, music therapist and writer.
Mcleods Booksellers

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Ruby Solly

19:00 - 21:00

Matariki, Mātauranga, and Mana Māori: A Gala Dinner

Celebrating the end of the festival with sisters Kārena and Kasey Bird talking about their journey as chefs and writers. The special night of celebration features Te Kapa Haka o Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao accompanied by live music by local artists.
Millenium Hotel Rotorua

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Kasey Bird

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Kārena Bird