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The Ngā Kupu Ora, Māori book awards were inaugurated in 2009 as part of the University’s celebrations during Māori Language Week and ever since has been held every year. The purpose of the event is to inspire brilliance in Māori publishing.
There are Māori categories in other book awards. Ngā Kupu Ora is the only annual book awards that have a particular focus on Māori literature excellence.
The annual awards are organised by Massey University. It was first inspired by Dr Spencer Lilley, Senior Lecturer and Kaihautū Māori (Maori library services manager) Sheeanda Field. The awards event has been supported by sponsors Tohu Wines, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Ohu Kaimoana.
The event is an opportunity for authors and writers to be recognised for their work. The award is an acknowledgment for their contribution to excellence in Māori literature.
Books must have been published in the period of 2012 to 2013. Finalists are considered based on the following criteria:
The awards event will be held at Massey University on Thursday 7 November 2013, 6pm at Te Raukura Wharewaka, 15 Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016