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Huia Short Stories 13

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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 Giles
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