Māori Language Prize announced at Montana New Zealand Book Awards

July 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Books, Fiction, Maori Language, Montana Book Awards, Suggestions | Leave a comment

A short story collection written in Te Reo Māori made history this year by winning the inaugural Māori Language Prize at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

Editors Piripi Walker and Huriana Raven were presented with the $5,000 prize for their book Te Tū a Te Toka: He Ieretanga nō ngā Tai e Whā.

The judge of the award, Mr. Hone Apanui, says the winning book is ‘especially notable is the use of iwi vernacular, the keen observation and the turn of phrase, which rings clear and true in every piece of writing. How similar experiences can be told in a range of voices and appear fresh each time is remarkable.’

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