NUKU a new book celebrating the stories of 100 indigenous women created by award winning storyteller Qiane Matata-Sipu has been nominated for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction as part of the Ockham NZ Book Awards.
The book features the stories of women from the age of 14 to mid seventies representing Cook Islands, Samoan, Niuean, Tongan, Fijian, Papua New Guinea, Maori, Moriori, Aboriginal to name a few. NUKU celebrates the diversity and strength, knowledge and lived experiences of women.
In a statement Qiane says,” we started NUKU with nothing but a dream to amplify the voices of Indigenous wahine and change the narrative for our future generations.
I truly believe indigenous women are leading the change in our world, thriving while still healing, creating significant impact while juggling so much”, said Qiane.
Qiane is also a finalist in the Culture & Arts category of the NZ Women of Influence Awards. The book has already sold over 3 thousand copies since its release in December 2021. A reprint of NUKU has been ordered to meet demand.