Whiti Hereaka is an award-winning playwright and novelist who lives in Wellington. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Whiti was the 2012 recipient of the Bruce Mason award which recognises the work of emerging playwrights. She won Best New Play by a Maori Playwright, Adam Play Awards in 2010 for the critically-acclaimed Te Kaupoi and again in 2011 for Rona and Rabbit on the Moon. Her play inspired by the poetry of Rowley Habib – Raw Men – was shortlisted for the Adam Play Award 2012.
She has had several plays produced: Fallow (Tawata Productions 2005), Collective Agreement (Young and Hungry 2005), I Ain’t Nothing But/A Glimmer in the Dark She Said (Open Book Productions for STAB 2006), Te Kaupoi (Bush Collective 2010 also performed at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura), For Johnny (Young and Hungry, 2011) and Rewena (Centrepoint Theatre, 2013).
Whiti is the author of two novels The Graphologist’s Apprentice (Huia, 2010) and Bugs (Huia, 2013). The Graphologist’s Apprentice was shortlisted for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region) in 2011. Bugs won an Honour Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014. Bugs was also a Storylines Notable Book and a finalist in the 2014 LIANZA Awards.
In 2013, Whiti was a writer in residence at the University of Iowa as part of their International Writing Program. She has also been writer in residence at the Michael King Writers Centre (Summer 2012) and at Randell Cottage (2006).