We’re excited to award our first CLNZ Partnership Fund grants of 2023 and to announce three final grants made through the 2022 Fund. Projects from Anahera Press, Helen Ellis, Trinity Thompson-Browne, OneTree House, and Michael King Writers Centre have been awarded grants.
Our Partnership Fund is aimed at partnering with sector groups and individuals that are connecting to, or working with, diverse voices and communities on projects which align with our CLNZ Cultural Fund objectives.
$2,000 grant (2022 funding) awarded towards publishing Birdspeak, a debut collection of poetry by Arihia Latham (Kāi Tahu).
Anahera Press is a small, proudly Māori press with a focus on poetry. It was founded in 2011 by Kiri Piahana Wong. Arihia Latham’s work has been published by HUIA, Landfall, Oranui, Food Court, Te Whē, Awa Wahine, The Spinoff and Pantograph Punch. She has presented at a variety of Aotearoa festivals and is a regular arts columnist for The Dominion Post.
$4,500 grant (2022 funding) awarded towards publishing Being a Distance Grandchild the third volume in Helen Ellis’ work on distance families.
Helen Ellis is an anthropologist, researcher and author of Being a Distance Grandparent and Being a Distance Son or Daughter. The challenges of distance family relationships affect many families in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Distance Family books aim to help families address these.
Trinity Thompson-Browne (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Muaūpoko)
$5,000 grant (2022 funding) awarded towards publishing i am navigator, a three volume bilingual debut poetry collection.
In this collection, 26-year-old writer, poet and photographer Trinity Thompson-Browne documents their personal journey into te ao aroha, the world of love. A powerful, personal work dealing with: takatāpui identity, indigenous joy, protest and resistance, the power of friendship, climate emergency, colonisation, suicidal ideation, emotional turbulence, social media, intergenerational healing and what it means to be Māori. Written in te reo Māori and English, i am navigator has been created in accordance with the Maramataka from Matariki 2018 to Matariki 2021.
$5,000 grant (2023 funding) towards publishing three bilingual editions of Tina Matthews’ Out of the Egg; and two new titles in Tim Tipene’s Pipi and Pou series.
OneTree House is an independent children’s, young adult and educational publisher with a strong focus on bilingual publishing. Out of the Egg by Tina Matthews is an award-winning title with existing te reo Māori/English and Samoan/English bilingual editions. The CLNZ Partnership Fund grant will go towards the creation of bilingual English and Niuean, Tongan, and Simplified Chinese editions. Tim Tipene’s Pipi and Pou books are engaging stories with te ao Māori elements, te reo Māori words and phrases, and te reo Māori glossaries.
Michael King Writers Centre – in association with Varuna, the National Writers’ House in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
$5,000 grant (2023 funding) towards an international residency for New Zealand writers at Varuna. This is the second year the CLNZ Partnership Fund has supported this residency. In 2023, our support includes a $4,000 stipend and contribution towards travel and accommodation at Varuna, the National Writers’ House. The residency is from 25 September to 22 October 2023, application details are here.