Kaitautoko role established at the IIML

Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga) is working with the IIML to support our Māori and Pasifika students.

Writer, MA in Creative Writing graduate and current Victoria PhD student Anahera Gildea is working at the IIML this year as Kaitautoko, providing support to Māori and Pasifika students. The role was inspired by former Writer in Residence Victor Rodger's mentoring and pastoral care of MA students in 2017.

As well as publishing award-winning fiction and poetry, Anahera is currently enrolled in a PhD through Victoria's English programme.

Image of IIML Kaitautoko, Anahera Gildea. (Photo by Sadie Coe.)

'There is an enormous value in, and need for, this role,' says Emily Perkins, co-convenor of the MA and the IIML's Māori and Pasifika liaison staff member. 'Anahera is an established fiction writer, essayist and poet, and she did the MA in fiction in 2014, so she knows the course from the inside, and understands the power of creative writing. It's a privilege to be guided by her expertise in Mātauranga Māori – we’re very grateful for this, as well as for her imagination and vision regarding Māori literature and the future of writing in Aotearoa.'

‘It's both a humbling experience and an inspiration to sit alongside the energy and integrity of the Māori and Pasifika writers here at the IIML,' Anahera says. 'Māori literature  encompasses a rich and diverse landscape, and it is an honour to be one of the many who support this kaupapa.'

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.'

Read more about Anahera:

Poetry Foundation listing

Seraph Press author page

'Bone Shame: Grief, Te Ao Māori and the Liminal Space where Translation Fails' (Cordite Poetry Review, May 2018)

Pantograph Punch contributor listing

Enquiries to the IIML's Māori and Pasifika Liaison staff member Emily Perkins: emily.perkins@vuw.ac.nz.