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Te Kupu Tuku Iho opens door on world of reo

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A collection of conversations between two Tūhoe scholars of Māori language and culture has won Te Mūrau o te Tuhi award for a book in te reo Māori at this year's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao by Professors Te Wharehuia Milroy, who died last week, and Sir Timoti Karetu was a surprise bestseller for publisher Auckland University Press.

Judge Ruakere Hond says the book gives those who appreciate spoken reo a chance to figuratively sit down with two of the most influential exponents of reo Māori and read their conversations, their yarns and musings from decades of cultural experience.

It's a doorway to their world.

Sir Timoti will feature in conversation in te reo Māori with broadcaster and writer Scotty Morrison at the Auckland Writers Festival on Saturday evening.

The 2019 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the richest prize in New Zealand literature, went to Dame Fiona Kidman for This Mortal Boy, a novel recreating the events leading to the hanging of ’jukebox killer‘ Paddy Black at Mount Eden prison in 1955.


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