The literature of New Zealand rarely reflects the amazing, strong and vibrant culture of the Pacific. The Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee took the initiative in 2003 of organising a number of creative writing workshops for new Pacific writers. They published the best of this writing in First Draft. Building on this and other initiatives, Huia Publishers in partnership with the Pacific Arts Committee, present this anthology of new writing from emerging and established Pacific writers.
Karlo Mila, WIINNER Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana NZ Book Awards 2006 Tusiata Avia, AWARDED the 2005 Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency at the University of Hawai'i, SHORTLISTED for the 2006 Prize in Modern Letters Sia Figiel, WINNER Best First Book Award in the South East Asia/South Pacific region of the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Other contributors include: Chris Baker, Selina Marsh, Mua Strickson-Pua, Teresia Teaiwa, Daren Kamali a