Auckland Libraries: Māori fiction

Māori fiction

Ngā Kōrero paki Māori

​If you're looking for fiction by Māori writers, here are some titles we recommend.

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Potiki

Patricia Grace

Book

In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion - and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk.

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Rangatira

Paula Morris

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Based on a true story. Auckland, June 1886. Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions, over three long days, having his portrait painted by the famed Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer.

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Pounamu pounamu

Witi Ihimaera

Book

First published in 1972, Pounamu Pounamu introduced an exciting new voice into New Zealand literature. Most of Witi Ihimaera's stories describe a traditional rural, communal way of life facing huge pressures from the drift by many Māori to the cities...

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Get on the waka

Book

Get on the Waka is an energetic collection of fiction writing by Māori since 2000, selected and with an introduction by Witi Ihimaera. It showcases works from established writers, most of whom have won recognition in New Zealand and overseas.

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Ocean roads

James George

Book

Sweeping from New Mexico's desert to Auckland's wild west coast beaches, from the bloodied jungles of Vietnam to the dry valleys of Antarctica. This book tells the powerful, unnerving story of three generations of a family scarred by war.

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At the heart of Hiruharama

Isabel Waiti-Mulholland

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At the Heart of Hiruharama takes us on a journey where the boundaries between past and present are not just blurred - they're broken.

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Tu

Patricia Grace

Book

Three brothers, a war and secrets. Some years later, a niece and nephew come looking for answers. It is time for revelations.

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The people-faces

Lisa Cherrington

Book

Nikki is an urban office worker in her mid-20s. Her brother Joshua has been alternately beguiled, troubled and tormented since childhood by visions of `people-faces', visions entwined with Northland and the dolphin that swim in the surrounding seas.

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Bloom

Kelly Ana Morey

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Constant Spry is summoned home by her grandmother, the irrepressible Mrs Algebra Spry. Accompanied by Nanny Smack, the ghost who crotchets tomorrow's sky, Connie journeys south to Goshen - a crossroads caught between the mountain and the sea.

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The bone people

Keri Hulme

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Kerewin is a despairing part-Maori artist who is convinced that her solitary life is the only way to face the world. Her cocoon is rudely blown away by the sudden arrival of Simon, a mute six-year-old whose past seems to hold terrible trauma.

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