Nadine Anne Hura (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine) is a poet, essayist, zine maker and activist-by-stealth. Her writing seeks to harnesses the power of indigenous storytelling to inspire collective action. Nadine is a regular contributor to The Spinoff, with longform essays appearing in e-Tangata, Pantograph Punch, Newsroom and in print in a number of anthologies including Ora Nui, Sport, Huia Short Stories, We Are Here, andThe Best of E-Tangata.
Nadine’s manuscript of essays was selected by the Māori Literature Trust for the Te Papa Tupu mentorship programme in 2018, and the same year she was awarded a Michael King Writer’s Residency. In 2021, her short story “Two Letters” won the Biennial Pikihuia Award. Nadine has a background in Sociology and Kaupapa Māori research and has worked in a number of policy and community development roles both inside and outside government. She is a member of the Te Hā Māori Writers’ committee and together with Anahera Gildea, Nadine is the co-editor of the Māori Literature Journal, Te Whē.
“I’ve heard myself described as the “grief writer,” and honestly that makes me laugh so hard because although it’s definitely true to some extent, it’s not quite the whole picture. What I'm trying to do is give voice to the hurt, as well as the hope. Sometimes the things we live through are too hard to talk about, especially indigenous people, which is where the poets and artists come in. Stories are how we keep going, stories are the ancient light by which we navigate, the song in the silence. If I had to describe my own writing, that’s what I’m aspiring to. Kind of like the art of Kintsugi – re-telling broken stories with gold. Grief is an inevitable part of it, but I do try to tell a joke or two as well.”