Nicole Titihuia Hawkins

Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu

'Nicole Titihuia Hawkins (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Pāhauwera) is a writer, teacher, red lipstick enthusiast and proud māmā. She lives in Te Awakairangi and runs side hustles with her besties in her spare time. Her collection, Whai, won the Jessie Mackay Prize for best first book of Poetry at the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.'

Biographical sources



  • "For the love of tikanga, please stop putting food on your head." The Spinoff 14 August, 2019.
  • "How I write: Nicole Titihuia Hawkins and the magic of Māori storytelling." Stuff, May 25, 2022.
  • Poetry

  • Whai. [Wellington]: We Are Babies, 2021.
  • "Nan's tangi" The Spinoff 18 November, 2022.