Tina Matthews

The LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards Winners for 2015

On Tuesday night the children's literary world came together at the National Library in Wellington to celebrate the New Zealand writers, illustrators and translators who made it into the finals of the LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards. With Hell Pizza as the main sponsor, and Hataitai School Year 7 & 8 students on hand to deliver over 50 pizzas to the 150 guests, attendees were well fed before the ceremonies began.
 

Matthews takes slice of the cake at LIANZA book awards ceremony

Tina Matthews was presented with the Russell Clark Medal for Illustration at the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ceremony in Wellington on Monday night for her picture book A Great Cake.

A Great Cake tells the story of young Harvey who learns a few lessons along the way as he eventually makes his perfect cake, which features at a big picnic beautifully depicted in the book on a double page spread.

Winners and Finalists 2008

Book of the Year
Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Best First Book
Out of the Egg, Tina Matthews (Walker Books)

Children's Choice
The King’s Bubbles, Ruth Paul (Scholastic New Zealand)

Young Adult Fiction Winner
Salt, Maurice Gee (Penguin)

Honour Award
The Sea-wreck Stranger, Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)

Junior Fiction Winner
Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

Picture Book Winner
Tahi – One Lucky Kiwi, Melanie Drewery, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Random House)

 Honour Award
To the Harbour, Stanley Palmer (Lopdell House Gallery)

Non-fiction Winner
Which New Zealand Spider? Andrew Crowe (Penguin)

Honour Award
Reaching the Summit, Alexa Johnston & David Larsen (Penguin)

Finalists

  • Salt, Maurice Gee (Penguin)
  • The Sea-wreck Stranger, Anna Mackenzie (Longacre Press)
  • Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful, Brigid Lowry (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves, Fleur Beale (Random House)
  • Zillah, Penelope Todd (Longacre Press)
  • Dead Dan's Dee, Phyllis Johnston (Longacre Press)
  • The Dumpster Saga, Craig Harrison (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • The Mad Tadpole Adventure, Melanie Drewery & Jenny Cooper (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • My Story: Sitting on the Fence, Bill Nagelkerke (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)
  • The King’s Bubbles, Ruth Paul, (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Out of the Egg, Tina Matthews (Walker Books)
  • Rats! Gavin Bishop (Random House)
  • Tahi – One Lucky Kiwi, Melanie Drewery, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Random House)
  • To the Harbour, Stanley Palmer (Lopdell House Gallery)
  • A Mini Guide to the Identification of New Zealand Land Birds, Andrew Crowe & Dave Gunson (Penguin)
  • Reaching the Summit, Alexa Johnston & David Larsen (Penguin)
  • Weather Watch New Zealand, Sandra Carrod, Karsten Schneider & Richard Gunther (Reed New Zealand)
  • What is a fish? Feana Tu'akoi (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Which New Zealand Spider? Andrew Crowe (Penguin)

Awards Ceremony 2008

The awards ceremony for the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards was held on the evening of Wednesday 21 May at the Wellington Town Hall.

 

Enchanted Forest

The entrance to the Wellington Town Hall was transformed into an enchanted forest, complete with toadstools, fairylights and a pathway made from the jacket covers of the 2008 finalist titles.