THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS' CENTRE TRUST
is a graduate in social anthropology and Maori studies from Auckland University and Oxford University in England, she is a Director of Research at the James Henare Maori Research Centre at the University of Auckland. She won a Rhodes scholarship in 1994. In 1999, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research and Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University. She won a Marsden Fund award in 2002 for research concerning indigenous knowledge and museum practice. She is a member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and its Maori Heritage Council. A highly-regarded author herself, Merata was a finalist in the 2003 Montana Book Awards for Whenua: Managing Our Resources. She has written extensively on Maori development and the Resource Management Act. Her iwi are Ngati Whatua and Ngapuhi.
The centre aims to promote all aspects of New Zealand's literature, including fiction and non-fiction, and to recognise Michael King's stature as a writer, historian, biographer and someone who helped New Zealand understand its cultural roots.