Tina Makereti writes novels, short fiction and creative non-fiction. Her story ‘Black Milk’ won the 2016 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the Pacific Region. Her first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014) has been described as a New Zealand classic and ‘a remarkable first [book that] spans generations of Moriori, Māori and Pākehā descendants as they grapple with a legacy of pacifism, violent domination and cross-cultural dilemmas.’ It was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2016 and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers 2010), which combines mythological and contemporary stories, also won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Award for Fiction in 2011. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (non-fiction), and in the same year received the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. Makereti has been writer in residence at Randall Cottage, Wellington, and Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt.
Tina’s second novel, The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, is about a young Māori man who was exhibited in the Egyptian Hall in London in the 1840s. It was published by Penguin Random House New Zealand in September 2018, with a UK edition following in September 2019. Film rights have been optioned by Piki Films, the producers of Jojo Rabbit and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
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