Frequently asked questions

What are the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards?

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.

Are there other Māori Book Awards?

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.

Who runs the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards?

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.

Why is an awards event being held?

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.

How were the finalists selected?

Books must have been published in the period of 2012 to 2013. Finalists are considered based on the following criteria:

  1. Recognise Māori literary achievement
  2. Celebration of Māori scholarship
  3. Foster Māori authorship
  4. Recognise Māori editorship
  5. Encourage authors to write in Te Reo
  6. Publications distributed widely
  7. Books (non-children)

When is the awards event?

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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