Anya Ngawhare is from Taranaki. She stated in her profile for the 2012 Te Papa Tupu Writers page that "Writing makes me happy, more than music even, and I like to share my stories so that I can pass some of that happiness on. A great writer can make a person damn near explode with emotion, and if I can do that to just one person I’d feel like I succeeded. I’d feel like the hard work was worth it."
Anya Ngawhare's novel extract "Average Kids and Bigots" was a finalist in 2015 Pikihuia Awards under the Best Novel Extract category and was published in Huia Short Stories 11.
- http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/pikihuia-awards-for-maori-writers-2015 15 November 2016
https://mlt.org.nz/te-papa-tupu/te-papa-tupu-2012-2/te-papa-tupu-competition-winners-2012/ 15 November 2016
- "Average Kids and Bigots." Huia Short Stories 11. Huia, 2015.
- "Tired Eyes." Huia Short Stories 11. Huia Publishers, 2015.