July 6, 2021
Te Papa Tupu is The Māori Literature Trust’s mentoring programme for aspiring Māori writers, awarded biennially to six people who have a complete manuscript and are working towards publication. It offers editorial guidance and mentorship, a stipend, and a community of writers. WORD extends a very warm nau mai, haere mai ki Ōtautahi to this year’s rōpū, Ashlee Sturme, Deborah Williams, Geraldine Warren, Zeb Nicklin, Olivia Aroha Giles and Jade Kake – all names to watch out for as they publish their books in coming years. They’re here to soak up the festival and meet other writers. For info about Te Papa Tupu 2022, check out mlt.org.nz.