Here are the best short stories from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2019 as judged by Scotty Morrison, Robyn Bargh, Tuehu Harris, Whiti Hereaka, Poia Rewi and Carol Hirschfeld.
This competition, run by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers, is held every two years to promote Māori writers and their work. This year, the awards sought short fiction from first-time, emerging and published writers in te reo Māori and English. The competition attracts several hundred entries each year from writers of all ages and those who are starting out to seasoned authors. This collection of finalists’ fiction celebrates Māori writing, introduces new talent and gives an opportunity for Māori writers to shine.
The stories are:
Murray's Special Day by Tracey Andersen, Tunnelling by Cassandra Barnett, Botched by Marino-Moana Begmen, Para Pounamu by Pine Campbell, Tangaroa Pūkanohi Nui by Hineteahurangi Merenape Durie Ngata, Storked by Paipa Edmonds, Tiakina! Tiakina! by Tiahomarama Fairhall, Mumsy by Olivia Aroha Giles, Rocket Ship Pyjamas and Plum Jam by Olivia Aroha Gile,s Kokiri ki mua - Charge forward! by K M Harris, My Three Friends at School by Josh Hema, The Pledge by Nadine Hura, Dust by Kelly Joseph, The School of Life by Lauren Keenan, Tina's Coming on Tuesday by Lauren Keenan, Ko te Ao tō Marae by Hēmi Kelly, Just Holden Together by Colleen Maria Lenihan, One of the Good Ones by Moira Lomas, Aunty's Teeth by Annette Morehu, Te Kai a te Rangatira, he Mahi by Zeb Nicklin, Te Kurī Hīroki o te Āporo Nui by Zeb Nicklin, The Guises of Death Kahuru Pumipi, The Bartender by Michelle Rahurahu Scott, White Sheep by Penny Smits, Whakaurupā Taku Aroha by Amiria Stirling, No te uku - From the Clay by Bronwyn Te Koeti