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Where the Rekohu Bone Sings is Tina Makereti’s first novel. It won the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, also won the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize 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. In October 2012 Makereti was Writer in Residence at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, and in 2013 she was Curator-at-Large for the New Zealand Film Archive. Makereti has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and teaches creative writing and English at Massey and Victoria Universities.

She is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Maniapoto, Pakeha and, in all probability, Moriori descent. She now lives on the Kapiti Coast with her partner, two daughters and unruly dog.

* Winner of the Nga Kupu Ora Fiction Award 2011 for Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa and again in 2014 for Where the Rekohu Bone Sings
* Winner of the non-fiction prize of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing 2009
* Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story in English 2009
* Listed in The NZ Listener’s 100 Best Books, and Sunday Star Times Best Books of 2010

Books by Tina Makereti

Black Marks on the White Page
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

Awards and Recognition

  • Commonwealth Short Story Prize
    2016
    Awarded
    Winner of the Pacific region