Hiwa: Contemporary Māori Short Stories

Book Editor Paula Morris
Rights Available World excl. Australia & NZ

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.

About the Editor
Paula Morris MNZM
(Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning novelist, story writer and essayist from Auckland. Her novel Rangatira (Penguin, 2011) won the fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2012 and she is the editor of the Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009). Paula is an associate professor at the University of Auckland and has appeared at literary events in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, South Africa, the UK and the US.


Auckland University Press


234mm x 155mm

Paperback with flaps


Contemporary/Literary Fiction

Publication Date
August 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. Australia & NZ

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This apparent lack of a central thematic focus, the wide range of subjects, genres and styles, is, to my mind, the book’s unifying kaupapa and its greatest strength: a celebration of the sheer talent of Māori writers, embodying and expressing the diversity of Māori identity and experience in the 21st Century.

Deborah Walker-Morrison, NZ Listener and Aotearoa New Zealand Review of Books

It is fantastic to see this publication confidently emerge in supremely capable hands. The new anthology shows the continuing growth of the collective and diverse voices of Māori fiction. It enhances Te Tiriti narratives of participation, protection and partnership by treating our stories as enduring and visible taonga. It will be both a great resource and a great read. E kore e hekeheke, he kākano rangatira.

Robert Sullivan

The reo Māori stories in Hiwa are a welcome addition to Māori language literature. We have some amazing translation work being completed, but there really is another whole wealth of narrative lying in work produced solely through the medium of te reo Māori. We desperately need original fiction in Māori for adults to read, and the four reo Māori stories in this anthology respond to that well. There are excellent contributions in Māori across a range of themes – coming of age, parenting philosophy, drama and action, and young urban Māori.

Vini Olsen-Reeder

After reading Hiwa I felt elated, as if I had just been in conversation all night with some of the funniest, smartest and wisest people around. This anthology sparkles, delights and moves. It gives insight into the many faces of who we are as Māori, coming together as a very satisfying whole.

Briar Grace-Smith