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Landmark work wins New Zealand Post Book of the Year

A landmark book – New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas – has won the country’s supreme publishing accolade, The New Zealand Post Book of the Year.

The book - which took seven years, more than 100,000 four-wheel-drive kilometres and countless hours’ walking in dense forest to complete - was presented with the honour by the Hon. Christopher Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage at a gala dinner ceremony in Auckland tonight.

New Zealand Post Book Awards judges convenor, Chris Bourke said on behalf of the judging panel that New Zealand’s Native Trees is a masterly example of publishing of the kind that is seen only once in a generation.

“From the detailed and authoritative research, accessible and comprehensive writing, detailed yet expansive photography, near flawless editing, design and layout this is a quality book from start to finish. Its impact on the community and on generations to come is self-evident.”

The book contains more than 2,300 photographs, many of which took photographer Rob Lucas several visits to some of the country’s most inaccessible areas to capture. The book also won the Illustrated Non-Fiction Category.

Fiction Category Award
Internationally recognised novelist and creative writing teacher, Paula Morris (Ngati Wai) is this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards Fiction Category winner for her work, Rangatira.

The historical novel which is based on Morris’ tupuna (ancestor), Paratene Te Manu’s 1863 visit to England, was exhaustively researched.

Mr Bourke said the judges were impressed by the refreshing purity of purpose to Morris’ story-telling.

“It never seems jaded or cynical or calculating; instead the struggle to comprehend otherness is rendered perceptively, directly, consistently — and compellingly.”

People's Choice Award
Sue Orr, former speechwriter to Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright, took this year’s People’s Choice Award for her short story collection, From Under the Overcoat.

The award is much-coveted by authors as a reflection of their book’s popularity.

New Zealand Post Māori Language Award
Journalist, playwright, author and producer Chris Winitana (Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngai Tuhoe) was presented with the New Zealand Post Māori Language Award for his book, Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration;  a book that explores the struggle to save the Māori language over the last 40 years.

New Zealand Post Book Awards judge and Māori language advisor, Paora Tibble said that as a te reo Māori publication, Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho is groundbreaking.

“Chris Winitana mixes traditional language with modern metaphors. He shows te reo Māori as a living language; creating new contexts for words and phrases buried in our not too distant past. His knowledge of te reo is remarkable.

“With this book, Chris Winitana takes us on the adventure of a lifetime. For 40 years, Māori have fought to revitalise their language. This is their story.”

Poetry Category Award
Rhian Gallagher's second collection, Shift, which encompasses a departure from London where she lived for 18 years, and a return to New Zealand, her country of birth, won the Poetry Category Award.

Mr Bourke commented that Rhian Gallagher’s collection was an example of lyrical poetry at its very best.

“The poems offer elegance, mysteriousness, musical harmonies, satisfying quietness and subtle emotions. Sounds and themes stitch the collection with an assured and unifying touch. You fall upon little autobiographical traces in the shadows, traces that are both moving and intense.”

General Non-Fiction Category Award
Historian and novelist, Joan Druett won the General Non-Fiction Category Award for her work, Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator.

“Tupaia’s richly detailed drawings and paintings are a precious legacy and are stunningly reproduced in a book which will intrigue and inspire. Everything about Tupaia reflects Druett’s careful research and passion for her subject.

“This is a wonderful book.”

The full list of 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards winners is as follows:
New Zealand Post Book of the Year winner:
New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas (Craig Potton Publishing)

Fiction Award winner:
Rangatira by Paula Morris (Penguin Group, NZ)

Poetry Award winner:
Shift by Rhian Gallagher (Auckland University Press)

General Non-fiction Award winner:
Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator by Joan Druett (Random House NZ)

Illustrated Non-fiction Award winner:
New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas (Craig Potton Publishing)

Māori Language Award winner:
Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration by Chris  Winitana (Huia Publishers)

People’s Choice Award winner:
From Under the Overcoat by Sue Orr (Vintage, Random House NZ)

The New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award winner received $15,000. The Māori Language Award winner and the winners of the four Category Awards each received $10,000 and the People’s Choice Award winner $5,000.

Best First Book Awards
The winners of the 2012 New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards - announced earlier this year - were also honoured tonight. They are:
NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction:  Hamish Clayton for Wulf (Penguin Group, NZ).

NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: John Adams for his collection Briefcase (Auckland University Press).

NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction:  Michael Smythe for New Zealand by Design (Random House, NZ)

Each NZSA Best First Book Awards category winner received $2,500.

About our sponsors
New Zealand Post’s sponsorship of the national book awards reflects their long-standing support for literacy and education.   They maintain that focus throughout the year with initiatives such as, creative writing contests for school students, and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards which they have sponsored for the past 16 years.  That commitment to promoting literacy, excellence in writing and the joy of reading sees New Zealand Post play a key role in supporting other champions of literature, such as Booksellers NZ, to promote and reward local literary talent.

The 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards are also funded by Creative New Zealand. The awards are managed by the Book Awards Governance Group administered by Booksellers NZ and supported by the New Zealand Society of Authors and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd.

New Zealand Book Awards - Winners 2009

Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Fiction category winner

Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins (Bloomsbury)

Fiction runners-up
The 10PM Question by Kate De Goldi (Longacre Press)
Acid Song by Bernard Beckett (Longacre Press)

Poetry category winner
The Rocky Shore by Jenny Bornholdt (Victoria University Press)

Montana Medal for Non-Fiction winner
Biography category winner

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life by Jill Trevelyan (Te Papa Press)

Environment category winner
A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century edited by Ian J. Graham (Geological Society of New Zealand)

History category winner
Buying the Land, Selling the Land by Richard Boast (Victoria University Press)

Reference and Anthology category winner
Collected Poems 1951–2006 by CK Stead (Auckland University Press)

Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture category winner
Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking by Alexa Johnston (Penguin Group New Zealand)

Illustrative category winner
Len Castle: Making the Molecules Dance by Len Castle (Lopdell House Gallery)

Māori Language Award
He Pātaka Kupu te kai a te rangatira by Maori Language Commission (Raupo)

NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton (Victoria University Press)

NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry
Everything Talks by Sam Sampson (Auckland University Press)

NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction
Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell (Godwit)

BPANZ Reviewer of the Year Award
New Zealand Listener reviewer David Eggleton

BPANZ Best Review Page or Programme Award
New Zealand Listener

'Families Reading Together' the theme for Travelling Books

Literacy Aotearoa and New Zealand Post are celebrating five years of Travelling Books with more than ten thousand brand new books to be given away for free next week.
From Saturday, volunteers from Literacy Aotearoa will be out on the streets in towns and cities around the country promoting adult literacy and handing out books to members of the public. No money changes hands, but readers are asked to enjoy the books and pass them on to another reader.

2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand; a three-fold increase on the number of judges in previous years which reflects the Awards’ new judging structure.
Each of the Awards’ four categories - Fiction, Poetry, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated Non-Fiction - and the awards for Best First Book  in those categories, will be judged by a panel of three judges, all specialists in their fields. A Maori language adviser will judge the Maori Language Award.

All Distributors, Great and Small

Distribution – do you think of giant Australian distribution warehouses like Penguin Random House’s United Book Distributors? Or the other extreme, author and publisher Paul Little dispatching his recent titles from the basement of his wife’s suburban Auckland store? 
They are the two ends of the spectrum of book distribution serving this country. 
United Book Distributors is definitely in the heavyweight corner of the boxing ring. It distributes titles for Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster, Phaidon, Pearson Education, Text, Scribe – and Kiwi nonfiction publisher Awa Press.

Creative New Zealand announces 2015 investment funding

The Arts Council has committed a further $10.5 million to 26 arts organisations in its latest multi-year investment funding round.
Arts Council Chairman, Dr Dick Grant says the Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) and Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) investment programmes were established in 2012 to ensure New Zealand’s arts infrastructure was intentionally strengthened and enriched. “These programmes provide funding for between one and five years and account for more than half of Creative New Zealand’s funding of the arts.”

Cardboard Cathedral wins Major Book Design Prize

The book that ruled them all at the PANZ Book Design Awards 2015 was Cardboard Cathedral by Andrew Barrie which won the best illustrated and best typography categories of the awards for designer Janson Chau and publisher Auckland University Press.

2015 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards and PANZ Young Designer of the Year

‘Kiwi vernacular’ strong in Book Design
Every book needs a cover, and that is where the imagination, ideas and skills of New Zealand’s book designers are on display. But delve deeper and you realise design doesn’t end with a cover. Designers must demonstrate their skills in all areas, including typography and layout, to attract the judges’ attention in these awards.