Creative New Zealand

Acclaimed Pacific poet Dr Mila awarded writing residency in Hawai'i

Award-winning poet Dr Karlo Mila will spend September to November in Hawai‘i developing two writing projects as the recipient of the 2015 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency.
 
The Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency offers a mid-career or senior New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i.
 

NZ playwrights' residency and exchange opportunity in Scotland

Playmarket, in partnership with Creative New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, offers New Zealand playwrights the opportunity to apply for a playwriting residency and exchange programme in Scotland.
 
A panel that will include representatives from Playmarket, Creative New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio will select a New Zealand playwright to be partnered with a theatre company in Scotland. The company will commission a play from the selected playwright who will be accommodated for up to three months to write in the home city of that company.
 

Daren Kamali first Pacific writer awarded international residency in Iowa

Pacific poet, writer and musician Daren Kamali (left) will undertake a three-month writer’s residency at the University of Iowa from August to November 2014.
 
Offered in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the residency allows a New Zealand writer to live and work at the University of Iowa in the United States and participate in its International Writing Program.
 
The first Pacific writer to undertake the residency, Auckland-based Daren will use the opportunity to write a collection of Pacific poems to complete his third book Ink Fish Writes Again.

New Look festival returns bigger than ever to brighten up Christchurch's inner city

The WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival today launches its most ambitious programme yet, with more than 100 writers, thinkers, commentators and performers from New Zealand and around the world appearing in 68 events in the heart of the city. 
 

200+ events for the New Zealand Post Book Awards For Children And Young Adults Festival

Mouse Poo Scones, A Wild Food Brekkie,  Wearable Arts and a Double-decker Bus: 200+ Events For The New Zealand Post Book Awards For Children And Young Adults Festival
 
What could baking mouse poo scones, a wild food brekkie, creating wearable arts, decorating a double-decker bus, author and illustrator workshops and boring books have in common? They’re some of the 200+ events in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Festival being held 17-25 May nationwide.

New Zealand is to be the Taipei International Book Exhibition Guest of Honour 2015

At an event in Taipei today, the Minister of Culture for Taiwan, Lung Yingtai, will announce that New Zealand is to be the Guest of Honour at the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition.  Joining her at the event is New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, who will be speaking and previewing the film of his internationally successful novel, Mr Pip.

The 2015 Guest of Honour programme will be managed by the Publishers Association of New Zealand, and is supported by Creative New Zealand, Education New Zealand, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Diary of a Kiwi Soldier Wins Children’s Book of the Year

The true story of a World War l Kiwi soldier has won the country’s highest honour in children’s writing at the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

Nice Day for a War, by author Matt Elliot and illustrated by Chris Slane was awarded the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year at a ceremony held in Wellington tonight. The book is based on the original diaries of Elliot’s grandfather, Corporal Cyril Elliot.

Nice Day for a War is a stand-out book which offers young readers an honest glimpse into the lives of soldiers during World War I,” says Gillian Candler, the Awards Convenor of Judges.

“The beautiful fluid line drawings and muted watercolour washes bring the diary to life. The interplay between the illustrations and text creates a powerful, emotionally engaging story for young readers.

“The judging panel are delighted to award it the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year for 2012,” Gillian Candler added.

A picture book, The Cat’s Pyjamas by first time published writer and illustrator Catherine Foreman, won the coveted 2012 Children’s Choice Award. The award is heralded as a significant indicator of audience opinion. The book’s main character enchanted children throughout New Zealand with his colourful collection of pyjamas; one for everyday of the week.

Debut writer, Leonie Agnew not only took this year’s Best First Book Award but also won the Junior Fiction category for her novel Super Finn.

“The characters in Super Finn are incredibly funny and thoroughly believable. This book touches the heart and the funny bone. The judges couldn’t ask for more,” says Gillian Candler.

The Young Adult Fiction category award went to Calling the Gods by Jack Lasenby. Calling the Gods was praised by the judges as a masterful work that transcends genre and can be read with pleasure at many levels.

Rāhui by Chris Szekely and illustrated by Malcolm Ross won the Picture Book category. The book has two language editions: Te Reo Māori and English.

“Both versions of this beautiful book have a timeless quality, with the story dealing sensitively with the sad drowning of a cousin,” Gillian Candler said.

The judging panel, which also included children’s bookseller Annemarie Florian and author and illustrator Bob Kerr were impressed how each of this year’s finalists provoke thought and said they will help young people better understand both themselves and others.

“It was a pleasure selecting the winners of the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.  We read aloud, laughed, were intrigued and held in suspense. And we empathised. This year’s finalists all feature strong stories that hold the reader, skilful language and illustration, and engaging themes,” Gillian Candler added.

The 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards winners are:
 

New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year
Nice Day for a War
by Matt Elliott and illustrated by Chris Slane
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Children’s Choice Award
The Cat’s Pyjamas
by Catherine Foreman
(Scholastic New Zealand)


Best First Book Award
Super Finn
by Leonie Agnew
(Scholastic New Zealand)
Picture Book category winner

Rāhui (Maori version)
by Chris Szekely translated by Brian Morris and illustrated by Malcolm Ross
(Huia Publishers)

Rāhui (English version)
by Chris Szekely and illustrated by Malcolm Ross
(Huia Publishers)

Honour Award - Picture Book category

Shaolin Burning
by Ant Sang
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Non-Fiction category winner

Nice Day for a War
by Matt Elliott and illustrated by Chris Slane
(HarperCollins Publishers)


Honour Award - Non-Fiction category

Digging Up The Past: Archaeology For The Young & Curious
by David Veart
(Auckland University Press)


Junior Fiction category winner

Super Finn
by Leonie Agnew
(Scholastic New Zealand)


Honour Award - Junior Fiction category

The Travelling Restaurant
by Barbara Else
(Gecko Press)

Young Adult Fiction category

Calling the Gods
by Jack Lasenby
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Honour Award - Young Adult Fiction

The Bridge
by Jane Higgins
(Text Publishing Company)

About the prizes
Each Category Award winner received $7,500.  The winner of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year Award took home an extra $7,500.  The winner of the Best First Book Award and the Children’s Choice Award received prize money of $2,000 each.

Each Honour Award recipient received $500. Honour Awards are discretionary and are awarded in recognition of particular features in a book.  

About our sponsors
New Zealand Post is proud to be principal sponsor of the New Zealand Book Awards and the Children’s Book Awards.  New Zealand Post is committed to promoting and assisting literacy in our communities and supporting excellence in literature, and to actively encouraging New Zealanders to read and enjoy books.  Additional funding for the Awards is provided by Creative New Zealand.  

The Awards are overseen by the New Zealand Post Book Awards Governance Group, administered by Booksellers NZ and including representatives of the New Zealand Society of Authors, The Publishers Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Post and Creative New Zealand.