New Zealand Post Book Awards

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The New Zealand Post Book Awards are a series of literary awards to works of New Zealand citizens. They were created in 1996, merging the two previously most relevant awards in New Zealand: the Montana Book Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards. From 2010, the awards were known as the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

The main prize in this event is the New Zealand Post Book of the Year, which is awarded to one of the four category winners; either Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction or Poetry. All finalist books are also eligible for the People's Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public.

Best First Book prizes are awarded to first time authors and this announcement is made at the same time as the finalists of the New Zealand Post Book Awards are named.

Booksellers New Zealand manages the awards. The Awards' two main sponsors are New Zealand Post and Creative New Zealand. Other supporters include the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Society of Authors, and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd.

List of winners by Year[edit]

2011[edit]

  • New Zealand Post Book of the Year
Chris Bourke, Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918-1964. Auckland University Press[1]
  • General Non-fiction Award winner
Chris Bourke, Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918-1964. Auckland University Press
  • Fiction Award winner
Laurence Fearnley, The Hut Builder. Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Poetry Award winner
Kate Camp, The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls. Victoria University Press
  • Illustrated Non-fiction Award winner
Damian Skinner, The Passing World: The Passage of Life: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai. Rim Books
  • People's Choice Award
Chris Bourke, Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918-1964. Auckland University Press

2010[edit]

  • New Zealand Post Book of the Year
Judith Binney, Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921. Bridget Williams Books[2]
  • Fiction Award Winner
Alison Wong, As the Earth Turns Silver. Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Poetry Award Winner
Brian Turner, Just This. Victoria University Press
  • General non-fiction award Winner
Judith Binney, Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921. Bridget Williams Books
  • Illustrated non-fiction award winner
Al Brown, Go Fish: Recipes and stories from the New Zealand Coast. Random House NZ
  • People's choice award winner
Al Brown, Go Fish: Recipes and stories from the New Zealand Coast. Random House NZ
  • NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction Award Winner
Anna Taylor, Relief. Victoria University Press
  • NZSA Jessie MAcKay Best first book of poetry award winner
Selina Tusitala Marsh, Fast Talking PI. Auckland University Press
  • NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book of non-fiction award winner
Pip Desmond, Trust: A True Story of Women & Gangs. Random House NZ

2009[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry Fiction category winner[3]
Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins (Bloomsbury)
  • 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)

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

  • 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 Press)

  • BPANZ Reviewer of the Year Award

New Zealand Listener reviewer David Eggleton

  • BPANZ Best Review Page or Programme Award

New Zealand Listener

2008[edit]

2007[edit]

2006[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non Fiction
Philip Simpson, Pōhutukawa & Rātā: New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees. Te Papa Press
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Maurice Gee, Blindsight. Penguin Books
  • Fiction Winner
Maurice Gee, Blindsight. Penguin Books
  • Fiction Runner Up
Fiona Kidman, The Captive Wife. Vintage
  • Fiction Runner Up
Nigel Cox, Responsibility. Victoria University Press
  • Poetry
Bill Manhire, Lifted. Victoria University Press
  • History
Rosemary McLeod, Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s - 1950s. Vintage
  • Biography
Graeme Dingle, Dingle. Vintage
  • Environment
Philip Simpson, Pōhutukawa & Rātā: New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees. Vintage
  • Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture
Justin Paton, How to Look at a Painting. Vintage
  • Illustrative
Edited by Hannah Holm & Lara Strongman, Contemporary New Zealand Photographers. Vintage
  • Reference & Anthology
Edited by Damien Wilkins, Great Sporting Moments: The best of Sport magazine 1988 - 2004. Victoria University Press
  • Reader's Choice Joint Winners
Maurice Gee, Blindsight. Penguin Books
Fiona Kidman, The Captive Wife. Vintage

2005[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design. Godwit
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Patricia Grace, Tu. Penguin Books
  • Reader's Choice
Julie Le Clerc and John Bougen, Made in Morocco. Penguin Books
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Julian Novitz, My Real Life and Other Stories. Vintage
Poetry: Sonja Yelich, Clung. Auckland University Press
Non-fiction: Douglas Wright, Ghost Dance. Penguin Books

2004[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Anne Salmond, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog. Allen Lane / Penguin Books
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Annamarie Jagose, Slow Water. Victoria University Press
  • Reader's Choice
Michael King, The Penguin History of New Zealand. Penguin Books
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Kelly Ana Morey, Bloom. Penguin Books
Poetry: Cliff Fell, The Adulterer's Bible. Victoria University Press
Non-Fiction: Deidre Brown, Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau: Northland Maori Wood Carving. Reed Publishing Ltd

2003[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Michael Cooper, Wine Atlas of New Zealand. Hodder Moa Beckett
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Stephanie Johnson, The Shag Incident. Vintage
  • Reader's choice
Glenn Colquhoun, Playing God. Steele Roberts
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Paula Morris Queen of Beauty. Penguin Books
Poetry: Kay McKenzie Cooke, Feeding the Dogs, Kay McKenzie Cooke. University of Otago Press
Non-Fiction: Sam Mahon, Year of the Horse. Longacre Press

2002[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Lynley Hood, A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case. Longacre Press
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Craig Marriner, Stonedogs. Vintage
  • Reader's Choice
Lynley Hood, A City Possessed: The Christchurch Civic Creche Case. Longacre Press
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Craig Marriner, Stonedogs. Vintage
Poetry: Chris Price, Husk. Auckland University Press
Non-Fiction: Steve Braunias, Fool's Paradise. Random House
  • Honour Award
Te Onehou Phillis, Eruera Manuera. Huia Publishers

2001[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Michael King, Wrestling With The Angel: A Life of Janet Frame. Viking
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Lloyd Jones, The Book of Fame. Penguin Books
  • Reader's Choice
Michael King, Wrestling With The Angel: A Life of Janet Frame. Viking
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Karyn Hay, Emerald Budgies. Vintage
Poetry: Stephanie de Montalk, Animals Indoors. Victoria University Press
Non-Fiction: Paul Tapsell, Pukaki: A Comet Returns. Reed Publishing

2000[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Grahame Sydney, The Art of Grahame Sydney. Longacre Press
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Owen Marshall, Harlequin Rex. Vintage
  • Reader's Choice
Grahame Sydney, The Art of Grahame Sydney. Longacre Press
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Duncan Sarkies, Stray Thoughts And Nosebleeds. Victoria University Press
Poetry: Glenn Colquhoun, The Art of Walking Upright. Steele Roberts
Non-Fiction: Peter Thomson, Kava In The Blood. Tandem Press

1999[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Heather Nicholson, The Loving Stitch: A history of knitting and spinning in New Zealand. Auckland University Press
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Elizabeth Knox, The Vintner's Luck. Victoria University Press
  • Reader's Choice
Elizabeth Knox, The Vintner's Luck. Victoria University Press
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Willian Brandt, Alpha Male. Victoria University Press
Poetry: Kate Camp, Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars. Victoria University Press
Non-Fiction: Helen Schamroth, 100 New Zealand Craft Artists. Godwit

1998[edit]

  • Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
Harry Orsman (ed.), Dictionary of New Zealand English. Oxford University Press
  • Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry
Maurice Gee, Live Bodies. Penguin
  • Reader's Choice
Malcolm McKinnon(ed.), New Zealand Historical Atlas. David Bateman
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Catherine Chidgey, In a fishbone church. Victoria University Press
Poetry: Kapka Kassabova, All Roads Lead to the Sea. Auckland University Press.
Non-Fiction: Genevieve Noser, Olives: The new passion. Penguin

1997[edit]

There were no Montana Medal, Deutz Medal or Reader's Choice Award for 1997 and 1996.

  • Book of the Year/Cultural Heritage
Jessie Munro, The Story of Suzanne Aubert. Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Dominic Sheehan, Finding Home. Secker & Waburg
Poetry: Diane Brown, Before the Divorce We Go To Disneyland. Tandem Press
Non-Fiction: Jessie Munro, The Story of Suzanne Aubert. Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books

1996[edit]

There were no Montana Medal, Deutz Medal or Reader's Choice Award for 1997 and 1996.

  • Book of the Year/Cultural Heritage
Judith Binney, Redemption Songs - A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki. Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books
  • First Book Awards
Fiction: Emily Perkins, Not Her Real Name. Victoria University Press.
Poetry: James Brown, Go Round Power Please. Victoria University Press
Non-Fiction: Alex Frame, Salmond: Southern Jurist. Victoria University Press

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiwi Music History Takes Top Literary Prize | Booksellers New Zealand". booksellers.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "2010 Awards | Booksellers New Zealand". booksellers.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. "The winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2010 were announced at the Awards Ceremony in Auckland on 27 August." 
  3. ^ "2009 Awards | Booksellers New Zealand". booksellers.co.nz. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011.