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The Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori book Awards were inaugurated in 2009 as part of the University’s Māori Language Week celebrations and have been held annually since then. The purpose of the awards and event is to inspire excellence in Māori writing and publishing.
There are Māori categories in other book awards. Ngā Kupu Ora is the only annual book awards, which has a single focus on Māori literary excellence.
The Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards are organised by Massey University. It was first initiated by Te Pūtahi-a-Toi the School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education Senior Lecturer Dr Spencer Lilley, and Kaihautū Māori (Māori Library Services Manager) Sheeanda Field. Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting the Ngā Kupu Ora awards event this year. Other sponsors are also being approached.
The event is an opportunity to recognise authors and writers and acknowledge their contribution to excellence in Māori literature.
Books on Māori topics were selected from those published between July 2013 and March 2014.
The awards event will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on December 10. For more information and registration see awards event.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016