Tina Makereti writes essays, novels and short stories. Her novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014), won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, also won Ngā Kupu Ora’s fiction prize in 2011. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (nonfiction) and the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English.
Tina is Curator Māori for Museums Wellington and also convenes a Māori and Pasifika Creative Writing Workshop at Victoria University. She is of Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangatahi, Pākehā and, according to family stories, Moriori descent. www.tinamakereti.com