Tina Makereti

ANZL Member

Tina Makereti writes novels, essays and short stories. Her newest novel, The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, is currently longlisted for the 2019 Ockham NZ Book Award and tells the tale of a young Māori man who is exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, in 1846. In 2016, her short story, ‘Black Milk’, won the Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize and in 2017, Makereti co-edited an anthology of Māori & Pasifika fiction, Black Marks on the White Page, with Witi Ihimaera. Makereti’s first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage NZ, 2014) has been described as ‘a remarkable [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 and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction, also won by her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia, 2011).
In 2009 Makereti was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-fiction) and the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. She has presented her work all over New Zealand and in Frankfurt, Taipei, Jamaica, Toronto and the UK. Tina has a PhD Creative Writing from Victoria University, and teaches creative writing at Massey University. She is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Rangatahi, Pākehā and, according to family stories, Moriori descent.

International rights to Makereti’s work are currently available through Charlotte Seymour at Nurnberg Associates:


+44 (020) 3327 0400

Andrew Nurnberg Associates

20-23 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom



Tina Makereti’s website


Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Random House Books NZ author page

Radio NZ interview with Tina on The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke (2018)

Auckland Writers Festival University of Auckland public lecture ‘Poutokomanawa – The Heartpost’ (2017)

Short story ‘Black Milk’ in Granta magazine (Winner: Pacific Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2016)

NZ Listener review of Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (2014)

Bibliography: Tina Makereti



The Imaginery Lives of James Pōneke (Random House NZ: Vintage, 2018)

Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Random House, 2014)

Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa  (Huia Publishers, 2010)



‘Monster’ in Overland Aotearoa / New Zealand edition  (2015)

‘This Compulsion in Us’ [Essay] in Landfall 229 (2015)

‘Frau Amsel’s Cupboard’ in Sport 42  (2014)

Tauihu: to a carved canoe prow…’ [Essay] in Five Dials (2014)

‘Taonga’ in Metro  (Jan-Feb, 2012)

‘An Englishman, an Irishman & a Welshman walk into a Pa’ [Essay] in Sport 40  (2012)

‘Beth’ in The Dominion Post Your Weekend  (2011)

‘Gravity’ in Hue & Cry 5  (2011)

‘Gods and Ghosts’ [Essay] in Hue & Cry 4 (2010)

‘Twitch’ [Essay] in New Zealand Listener (2010)

‘In the End’, JAAM 27 (2009)

‘Topknot’ & ‘Ahi’, Turbine 08  (2008)



‘This Compulsion in Us’ in Tell You What II (Essay: Auckland UP, 2015)

‘He Taonga te Reo’ in Tell You What (Essay: Auckland UP, 2014)

‘skin and bones’ in The AUP Anthology of NZ Literature (Auckland UP, 2012)

‘Haut und Knochen’ in Ein Anderes Land  (dtv, Germany, 2012)

‘shapeshifter’ in Tales for Canterbury (Random Static, 2011)

‘skin and bones’ Huia Short Stories 8  (Huia Publishers, 2009)



Black Marks on the White Page (with Witi Ihimaera: Random House NZ: Vintage, 2017)

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