Hiwa: Contemporary Māori Short Stories

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An essential new anthology of our best Māori short fiction.

Kia hiwa rā ki tēnei tuku,
kia hiwa rā ki tēnā tuku!
E, ko te paenga pakipoto
ka rewa i te pae pukapuka
nekeneke mai, nukunuku mai
ki tēnei huihuinga kaituhi Māori,
ki tēnei pukenga whakaaro tuatini, hī!

 — From the Kupu Whakamihi by Darryn Joseph

Hiwa is a vibrant, essential collection of contemporary Māori short stories, featuring twenty-seven writers working in English or te reo Māori. The writers range from famous names and award winners – Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Whiti Hereaka, Becky Manawatu, Zeb Nicklin – to emerging voices like Shelley Burne-Field, Jack Remiel Cottrell, Anthony Lapwood and Colleen Maria Lenihan.

showcase of contemporary talent, Hiwa includes biographical introductions for each writer’s work, and explores the range of styles and subjects in the flourishing world of Māori fiction.

Named for Hiwa-i-te-rangi, the ninth star of Matariki, signifying vigorous growth and dreams of the year ahead, this anthology reveals the flourishing world of Māori writing today, in Aotearoa and beyond.

From the introduction:

Hiwa represents a gathering of Māori writers, of different styles and points of view, born and based in different places, with wildly varying relationships to – and knowledge of – their whakapapa. The churning spirals of writers’ lives in the twenty-first century mean that some of the stories also form part of contemporary Australian writing, and American writing. Scholars will find other sets and subsets – Indigenous, Postcolonial, Oceanic, Pacific – and identify genres like realism, crime, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and so on. No writer, and no story, is just one thing . . . .

[The book] marks the vigorous growth of story-writing by Māori writers in the twenty-first century, each of us building on centuries of precedent, both spoken and written. It also sends a wish soaring high into the night: for more writers to give the short story serious consideration, and for more readers to explore its artful pleasures and possibilities. More stories, more readers, more stars falling from the sky and taking shape in a world that is constantly re-written and re-imagined.


Shelley Burne-Field
Jack Remiel Cottrell
David Geary
Patricia Grace
K. T. Harrison
Aramiha Harwood
Whiti Hereaka
Emma Hislop
Witi Ihimaera
J. Wiremu Kane
Earle Karini
Anthony Lapwood
Colleen Maria Lenihan
Nic Low
Tina Makereti
Becky Manawatu
Atakohu Middleton
Kelly Ana Morey
Paula Morris
Pamela Morrow
Airana Ngarewa
Zeb Nicklin
Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall
Rawinia Parata
Ngawiki-Aroha Rewita
Alice Tawhai
Nick Twemlow


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