Tina Makereti

Tina Makereti writes novels, essays and short stories. Her remarkable first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, won a 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Award, and her short story, Black Milk won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Price (Pacific).

Tina's new novel is called The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke.

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Festival sessions

Our Place, Our Stories 

8.45am-12.30pm, Friday 6 July, MV Odyssea Cruise (departing Picton Marina), $125 - Tina Makereti in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

Come and cruise the beautiful Marlborough Sounds aboard Marlborough Tour Company's MV Odyssea, enjoy brunch and be enthralled by Tina's storytelling, which is part history, part genealogy, part fiction. Tina is ideally placed to share her stories of this region. She is a descendant of three well-known whaling families - the Skippers, Keenans, and Heberleys - and Where the Rēhoku Bone Sings is set largely in the Marlborough Sounds as well as on the Chatham Islands/Rēhoku.


Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings

3-4pm, Saturday 7 July, Boathouse Theatre, $20 - Tina Makereti in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

When Tina Makereti came to investigate her Moriori heritage it led to her first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings. This compelling book confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Māori and Pākehā and finding a place of belonging. Come and hear Tina discuss her work, including her soon to be released new novel The Imaginery Lives of James Pōneke.