Apr 17, 2021


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Kapiti Island Maori writer’s residency announced for 2011

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Kapiti Island will again host a Maori writer in 2011 – 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. John Barrett of the Trust says its great news that the residency has received funding for a third year. A stipend of $4800 is attached to the residency.

The first Tau Mai e Kapiti Writer in Residence was Paora Tibble (2008), followed by Kelly Joseph (2009) and Nuki Takao (2010). 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. Amongst her writings of poetry, short stories, first chapters, memoirs and she started a short film script, Nuki also wrote two short stories (1000 words each) in Maori for 1214 yr olds about Kapiti. Both stories will soon be published in two of their journals, one of them will be the lead story and fully illustrated. Nuki said Going back to the mainland was the most challenging aspect of the whole residency. I went back twice and reluctantly. What was the absolute hardest thing of all? Leaving! Given the choice, I would be there still!

Were looking forward to applications from a new group of writers from all genres, and to assisting another potential Maori best seller into the world of literature? 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 operate the Kapiti Nature Lodge. The Tau Mai e Kapiti Maori Writers Residency takes its name from a patere (chant) composed by Kingi Tahiwi (Ngti 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 15 July 2011.

The selection panel’s decision will be announced by the 5th August, with the residency commencing at the beginning of September 2011.

Minnie Clark Project Administrator

Ph: 06 362 6606 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 06 362 6606 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Fax: 06 3645828

Mobile: 021 126 7525 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 021 126 7525 end_of_the_skype_highlighting minni[email protected]


John Barrett

Kaitiaki o Kapiti Trustee

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[email protected]


For an application form, write to:

Minnie Clark

‘Tau mai e Kapiti’

Maori Writer’s Residency 2011

P O Box 28

Otaki 5542

Aotearoa / New Zealand

or email [email protected]

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