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Sir Tīmoti Kāretu honoured with 2020 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement

Sir Tīmoti Kāretu is one of three recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2020. He is a leading New Zealand academic of Māori language and the performing arts, a translator and author, as well as a key driver in the revitalisation of te reo. Kāretu’s varied career has seen him become the first Māori language commissioner, work as a professor at the University of Hawaii, translate nine songs from English to Māori for the chart-topping album Waiata/Anthems and won the Māori Language Award at the Ockham NZ Book Awards in 2019 – the first time it had been awarded in seven years.


John Campbell hosts an interactive panel with the 2020 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement recipients; Tessa Duder (fiction), Sir Tīmoti Kāretu (non-fiction) and Jenny Bornholdt (poetry).