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Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence 2024

Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence 2024 (960) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you want the chance to spend three months working on your latest project with great creative support?
  • Are you an emerging Pasifika writer, in the early stage of your career with a growing body of work?
  • Would you like to be supported by a Mentor from the Pasifika arts community?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington invites applications for the Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence 2024 position with the International Institute of Modern Letters, Kelburn Campus.

Applications are invited from emerging Pasifika writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry (page and performance), devised performance, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, but excluding works for television or film.

Applicants should be writers at an early stage of their career, with a growing body of work, and must be either New Zealand citizens or hold permanent residency. Applications from small groups or collectives will also be considered, although the resources remain the same as for an individual writer. 

You will spend three months working on your latest project with backing from Victoria University of Wellington’s renowned creative writing school and Creative New Zealand during the second half of 2024.

There is a writer’s stipend of $15,000, a space to write and creative support. In consultation with the successful applicant, a Mentor from the Pasifika arts community will be sought. The terms of the mentorship are to be agreed between the Writer, the Mentor, and the International Institute of Modern Letters as appropriate.

There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be full-time employees of Creative New Zealand or Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, nor have been employed by Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington on a full-time basis in the twelve months prior to the closing date. 

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 31 May 2024

Please provide the following documents with your application: 

  • A writing CV detailing relevant published writings and work in progress: the work may be presented via any of the following platforms: published books, performance poetry, online venues, journals, theatre, but excluding film or television.
  • A writing sample: this does not have to be writing from the project intended for the tenure. This sample should be 5-10 pages of prose, 5-10 poems, or the equivalent in another genre.
  • Proposal for work during tenure: in the form of a covering letter.
  • Present position.
  • Details of any other funding for the intended project.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Katie Hardwick-Smith (04 463 6854 or But applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form, please include the position title and reference number (Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence 2024, 960).

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). Click Apply and follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the "CV/Resume" button.

If you are unable to combine your documents or have further supporting documents, please email these to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.