I'm Ashlee, and I'm a colourful change maker, having fun whilst improving wellbeing outcomes for our communities!

Creative writing is my passion...

I've had my fiction work in a number of different publications with more to come!

Huia Short Stories 14

Here are the best short stories from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2021 as judged by Emma Espiner, Carol Hirschfeld, Vincent Olsen-Reeder and Maiki Sherman.

The stories are:

  • Kahukura: Te Tama nō te Māra Taro by Iraia Bailey

  • The Future is Koe by Shelley Burne-Field

  • Alexandra by Frances Duncan

  • The Bus Driver by Miriama Gemmell

  • Good Thing by Olivia Aroha Giles

  • Mangrove Heights by Emma Hislop

  • Ki Hea Noa Iho? by Jordanah-Lee Hohipa

  • He Rūkahu Rānei by Panitahi Howe

  • The Trouble with the Bubble by Nadine Anne Hura

  • Two Letters by Nadine Anne Hura

  • Food Porn for the Incapacitated by Merryn Jones

  • Not Quite Home by Steph Julian

  • Argentine Ants and My Search for Hawaiki by J Wiremu Kane

  • Wairua by Atakohu Middleton

  • The Children of Church Street by Airana Ngarewa

  • Spotlight on the Marae by Airana Ngarewa

  • Iti te Kupu, Nui te Kōrero by Zeb Tamihana Nicklin

  • Te Māminga a Tamanuiterā rāua ko Takero i a Māui by Zeb Tamihana Nicklin

  • Te Māra a Tangaroa by Zeb Tamihana Nicklin

  • Pōhutukawa me tana Āporo by Zeb Tamihana Nicklin

  • Te Atakura by Sean Ogden

  • Marble Pills and Raspberry Vodka by Anthony Pita

  • The Weather Man by Leeann Ramsay

  • Let it be/Waiho by Chris Reed

  • Ngā Hoa Hoariri by Bonice Ropiha

  • The Label Machine is Broken by Ashlee Sturme

  • Te Uaua o Te Kimi Hoa by Maia Thompson

  • The Skinhead by Te Ariki Wi Neera 

Inhale (2023)

Inhale (2023)
A collection of thoughtful stories from wahine, published by Māia

‘Heartstrings’ and ‘Flood’ are the two stories I have included in this publication.

Vā: Stories from Women of the Moana (2021)

Stories that tell Covid how we really feel, where a Centipede God watches on with wry humour and wrath, where a sexy Samoan goes on a hot Tinder date in Honolulu, where a New Zealand doctor is horrified to be stuck at her cousin’s kava drink up in Fiji, where Moana people travel the stars and navigate planets, stories where Ancestors and Atua live and breathe. Stories that defy colonial boundaries, and draw on the storytelling and oratory that is our inheritance. Immerse yourself in the intrigue, fantasy, humour and magic of beautiful strong stories by 38 writers from across the Moana.
Includes writing from: Amy Tielu, Arihia Latham, Ashlee Sturme, Audrey Teuki Brown Pereira, Caroline Matamua, Cassie Hart, Courtney Leigh Sit-Kam Malasi Thierry, Dahlia Malaeulu, Denise Carter Bennett, Emmaline Pickering Martin, Filifotu Vaai, Gina Cole, Isabella Naiduki, Karlo Mila, Kiri Piahana-Wong, Laura Toailoa, Lauren Keenan, Lehua Parker, Lily Ann Eteuati, Mere Taito, Momoe Malietoa Von Reiche, Nadine Anne Hura, Nafanua PK, Nichole Brown, Nicki Perese, Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati, Ria Masae, Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen, Salote Timuiapaepatele Vaai Siaosi, Shirley Simmonds, Stacey Kokaua, Steph Matuku, Sylvia Nakachi, Tanya Kang Chargualaf, Tulia Thompson, Vanessa Collins.