Events 2015

Matariki afternoon tea with Patricia Grace

17 June 2015 - 3 pm

Patricia Grace needs no introduction. She is a huge figure in New Zealand literature and has won accolades around the world for her work as a novelist, short story writer and children’s writer. Join us to celebrate the publication of Chappy, her first novel in ten years.

Grace will be in conversation with Michael King Writers' Centre writer-in-residence Mere Whaanga. This special Matariki event will be held on Wednesday June 17 at 3 pm at The Esplanade Hotel, Victoria Road, Devonport. 

Patricia Grace is of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa descent. She began writing while teaching and raising her family of seven children. Her work expresses Māori consciousness and values, featuring the lives of a wide range of Māori and Pakeha. She has won many national and international awards, including  the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, widely considered the most prestigious literary prize after the Nobel. In 2007, she was made  a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature.  She lives in Plimmerton on her ancestral land of Ngāti Toa, near her home marae at Hongoeka Bay. In 2014, she  won a major legal battle against the New Zealand Transport Agency to save her ancestral land from being taken for the Kapiti Expressway. She was named as the Honoured New Zealand Writer at the Auckland Writers Festival the same year.

Mere Whaanga is a writer, illustrator, historian and academic, of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu decent. She has written several bilingual books for children and a wide range of non-fiction work on aspects of Māori history, Treaty of Waitangi claims and Māori cultural practices. She has a Doctorate from Waikato University on the effect of Māori land law on ahikāroa (long-term occupation). While she holds the Māori Writer's Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre, she is writing a novel on the theme of  Māori spirituality.

The ticket includes afternoon tea at the heritage Esplanade Hotel.

The event is presented by PaperPlus.

When:  Wednesday June 17 @ 3 pm

Where:  The Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland

Tickets:  $34 each through

Or from PaperPlus, Glenfield, Auckland