Kapiti Island Maori writer’s residency announced for 2010

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Kapiti Island will again host a Maori writer during Matariki, 2010 – New Zealand’s only writer’s residency by Maori for Maori.

The Tau Mai e Kapiti Maori Writer’s Residency, funded by Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand and hosted by Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust, was held for the first time in June and July 2008, allowing a Maori writer to live and work on Kapiti Island for eight weeks while being paid a stipend.

John Barrett of the Trust says its great news that the residency has received funding for a third year. The first Tau Mai e Kapiti Writers in Residence were Paora Tibble (2008) and Kelly Joseph (2009).

It was great to host them on the island, he says. Paora worked on his te reo Maori novel for young readers, and researched and wrote several pieces for publication. Paora has since published a book called Hui Rangatahi from his writing time on the island and Kelly completed a few short stories, began a short story script and wrote Haiku poems. Kelly said

The most exciting project I worked on while on the Island was working on ideas for a future novel.

Were looking forward to applications from a new bunch of writers from all genres, and to hopefully helping another book into the world, John says.

The northern end of Kapiti includes the island’s last remaining Maori-owned land, adjoining the internationally regarded predator-free nature reserve Kapiti is well-known for. The idea is that the writer gets a chance to hear some of the stories of the island, historical and contemporary, and to create their own writings in this extraordinary natural environment, says Minnie Clark from the Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trust.

The northern end of the Island is currently the home of extended whanau, descendants of the Ngati Toa, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Raukawa confederation. The Barrett whanau run the Kapiti Nature Lodge. The Tau mai e Kapiti Maori Writers Residency takes its name from a patere (chant) composed by Kingi Tahiwi (Ngati Raukawa whakapapa to Kapiti whanau) in the 1930s.

The call will go out immediately inviting applications for the residency.

  • The closing date for applications is 31 July 2010

The selection panel’s decision will be announced early August, with the residency commencing late August.

For more information contact:

John Barrett
Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trustee
Mobile: 027 288 3771
john@kapitiislandalive.co.nz
ww.kapitiislandalive.co.nz

For an application form, write or email:

Minnie Clark
minnie@kapitiislandalive.co.nz

‘Tau mai e Kapiti’ Maori Writer’s Residency 2010
P O Box 28
Otaki 5560
Aotearoa – New Zealand

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