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Dr Tina Makereti teaches creative writing at all levels in The School of English and Media Studies. She has a PhD and Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University and a BA and PG Dip Māori Studies from Massey University, and is a novelist, essayist, curator and short fiction writer. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke (2018) and she is editor of an anthology of Māori and Pasifika fiction, Black Marks on the White Page (2017), with Witi Ihimaera. . In 2016 Dr Makereti won the Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize with her story, 'Black Milk'. Her first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014) has been described as a New Zealand classic and ‘a remarkable first [book that] spans generations of Moriori, Māori and Pākehā descendants as they grapple with a legacy of pacifism, violent domination and cross-cultural dilemmas.’ It was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2016 and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers 2010), which combines mythological and contemporary stories, also won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Award for Fiction in 2011. Other recognition includes the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing 2009 (non-fiction), the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English 2009, the 2014 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence and the 2016 Beatson Fellowship. Dr Makereti is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Rangatahi Pākehā and, according to family stories, Moriori descent.
Dr Tina Makereti has a PhD and Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University and a BA and PG Dip Māori Studies from Massey University. Her fiction, essays, and short stories have been recognised nationally and internationally, including the 2016 Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize, two Nga Kupu Ora Awards, and a RSNZ Creative Science Writing Nonfiction Award. Her latest book is an anthology of Māori & Pasifika fiction, Black Marks on the White Page (2017). Dr Makereti teaches creative writing at all levels, and is particularly interested in Māori & Pasifika creative work.
Research interests include creative writing, long and short fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays, Māori literature, Pasifika literature, Māori and Pasifika creative writing, New Zealand literature, museums and curation, postcolonial literature, Indigeneity, plural cultural identities / mixed-ethnicity
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Field of research codes
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Maori Literature (200504): Pacific Literature (200507):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)
creative writing, long and short fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays, Māori literature, Pasifika literature, Māori and Pasifika creative writing, museums and curation, postcolonial literature, Indigeneity, plural cultural identities / mixed-ethnicity
Available for supervison of MCW and PhD Creative Writing. Particularly interested in supporting production of Maori, Pasifika or Indigenous creative writing and literary postgraduate theses.