He Huatau Auaha is the only creative writing competition for school children, aged six to 18 years, that calls for submissions only in te reo Māori.
Launched in 2012 by Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute at AUT, the biennial competition aims to grow young writers, foster te reo Māori literature and the unique Māori perspective in storytelling. He Huatau Auaha provides a forum for young people who are fluent in te reo Māori to express their ideas and creativity in writing.
In 2016, He Huatau Auaha attracted more than 90 submissions from 16 schools throughout the country. The competition is scheduled to run again in the first half of 2018.