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2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced

Nineteen projects, located at sites from Great Barrier Island in the north to Dunedin in the south, won New Zealand Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Queenstown on Saturday 9 November.

[For images of all award-winning projects, and brief project descriptions and judges’ citations, go to this dropbox.]

Four of the projects, two of them neighbours in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, also received category awards named for distinguished New Zealand architects in the awards programme run by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Wynyard Central East 2, a sophisticated apartment complex designed by Architectus, received the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing. 12 Madden, an office building designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects, received the Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture.

Ngā Wai Hono–AUT School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Building, the latest addition to Auckland University of Technology’s city campus, won the Ted McCoy Award for Education.

Architectus won its second category award – the John Scott Award for Public Architecture – for Tūranga, the new Christchurch central library, which it designed with Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and in close cooperation with Matapopore Charitable Trust and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

The awards jury, which was led by Auckland architect Malcolm Walker and included architects Jeff Fearon (Auckland), Melanda Slemint (Christchurch) and Penny Fuller (Sydney), toured 44 shortlisted projects over nine days in late August and early September.  

In the public architecture category, in addition to Tūranga, the jury bestowed a New Zealand Architecture Award on Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall in Leeston, Canterbury, designed by Architecture Workshop. 

Awards in the Planning and Urban Design category went to Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place, Auckland, a collaborative civic project involving Stevens Lawson Architects, Isthmus Group and artist John Reynolds, and Kumutoto Pavilion, a shelter and urban landscape intervention on the Wellington waterfront designed by Isthmus Group. 

A second project alongside Wellington harbour, 20 Customhouse Quay, an office tower designed by Studio Pacific Architecture, joined 12 Madden as winner in the Awards’ commercial category.

B:Hive, a “flexible space” office building at Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore designed by Jasmax  (FEATURED IMAGE) and Australian practice BVN received a New Zealand Architecture Award in the Interior Architecture category, and Lindis Lodge, a small luxury lodge in the South Island’s Ahuriri Valley designed by Architecture Workshop, received its award in the Hospitality category.       

Two very different projects won awards in the Heritage category. Rose Historic Chapel is an early twentieth century Christchurch convent chapel that was extensively damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and has been painstakingly restored by Dave Pearson Architects.

The Nelson House Alteration by Sharon Jansen Architects is a sensitive reworking of an early 1960s house designed by Ernst Plischke, an Austrian émigré who was a key figure in New Zealand post-war modernist architecture.  

Chen-Anselmi Units, two town houses designed by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture in the Christchurch suburb of Sydenham, won an award in the Housing-Multi Unit category, and another Christchurch project, Menzies POP!, located in Sumner and designed by Architects’ Creative, received an award in the Housing–Alterations and Additions category.

Awards in the Housing category went to two homes at either end of the country. Pinwheel House was designed by Architecture+ for a site near a beach on Great Barrier Island, and Arrowtown House is a sculptural composition designed by RTA Studio for artist clients at Arrowtown.

In the Small Project category, Bivvy House, Queenstown, designed by Vaughn McQuarrie, and Kōwhai House, Dunedin, designed by Rafe Maclean Architects, won awards.

The jury made one Enduring Architecture Award, a distinction given to buildings at least 25 years of age that have proved their lasting worth, to the Athfield Home and Office, the extraordinary amalgam of structures on a Khandallah hillside in Wellington designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield over a 40 year period from the mid-1960s.

At the awards event six personal awards were also announced, three Distinguished Fellow Awards and three NZIA President’s Awards.

NZIA Distinguished Fellow awards, of which there are only 10 at any one time, were bestowed on architects Anne Salmond of Wanaka, and Graeme Scott and John Sutherland, both of Auckland.   

Anne Salmond contentAnne Salmond has been a trail blazer for women in architecture for more than 30 years. She has led a successful practice producing high-quality architecture from a base in a small provincial centre, and has championed important concerns such as sustainable design, prefabricated construction and the study of post-occupancy building performance.

Graeme Scott has led large Auckland practice ASC Architects for more than three decades, during which time he has designed many award-winning projects. He has also been a tireless advocate for the protection and improvement of the public realm through his voluntary work on Auckland’s Urban Design Forum, and his contributions to Auckland’s Urban Design Panels and to the preparation of the Auckland Unitary Plan.

John Sutherland was a director of New Zealand’s largest architecture practice – the forerunner of Jasmax – for 25 years and was then founding head of the School of Architecture at Unitec in Auckland. He is renowned for his command of the technical aspects of building design and has significantly advanced the understanding of building performance.

The three NZIA President’s Awards went to Tony Watkins, Peter Fehl and Engineering New Zealand.

Tony Watkins occupies a unique position in New Zealand architecture. He has been an architect, builder, teacher, writer, environmentalist, urbanist, advocate and agitator. Over the course of 50 years, he has demonstrated a tireless commitment to engaging with the public about architecture and reminding the profession of its ethical responsibilities.

Peter Fehl has served as director of Property Services at the University of Auckland for 15 years. In that time, he has made a huge contribution to the development of one of the most significant architectural sites in New Zealand – the central city campus of the University of Auckland. He has shown consistent support for this country’s architects and has expected them to meet his demanding standards.

Engineering New Zealand has collaborated closely with Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects as both organisations have sought to advance professional standards and advocate for the greater good of the wider industry. In particular, the organisations have worked closely together on the development of the Diversity Agenda that aims to increase the rate of female participation in the architecture and engineering professions.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards is a programme of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects that has been sponsored by Resene since 1990.

The 2019 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards’ winners are:

Category Project Name Project Address Architectural Practice NAMED AWARD WINNER
Commercial Architecture 20 Customhouse Quay Central Wellington Studio of Pacific Architecture
Commercial Architecture 12 Madden Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Warren and Mahoney Architects SIR MILES WARREN AWARD for Commercial Architecture
 
Education Ngā Wai Hono, AUT School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) Building Central Auckland Jasmax TED MCCOY AWARD for Education
 
Enduring Architecture Athfield Home and Office Khandallah, Wellington Athfield Architects Enduring Architecture Award
 
Heritage Rose Historic Chapel Central Christchurch Dave Pearson Architects
Heritage Nelson House Alteration Nelson Sharon Jansen – Architect  
Hospitality Lindis Lodge Ahuriri Valley, Waitaki Architecture Workshop
Housing Pinwheel House Medlands, Great Barrier Island architecture +
Housing Arrowtown House Arrowtown, Otago RTA Studio
Housing – Alterations and Additions Menzies POP! Sumner, Christchurch Architects’ Creative
Housing – Multi Unit Wynyard Central East 2 Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Architectus SIR IAN ATHFIELD AWARD for Housing
Housing – Multi Unit Chen Anselmi Units Sydenham, Christchurch Bull O’Sullivan Architecture  
Interior Architecture B:Hive Smales Farm, Takapuna, Auckland BVN and Jasmax in association
Planning & Urban Design Kumutoto Pavilion Wellington Isthmus Group  
Planning & Urban Design Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place Central Auckland Stevens Lawson Architects, Isthmus Group and John Reynolds in association
Public Architecture Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall Leeston, Canterbury Architecture Workshop
Public Architecture Tῡranga Christchurch Central Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects JOHN SCOTT AWARD for Public Architecture
 
Small Project Architecture Kōwhai House Dunedin Rafe Maclean Architects
Small Project Architecture Bivvy House Closeburn, Queenstown Vaughn McQuarrie Architects
Peter Fehl Director, Property Services, University of Auckland President’s Award
   
Tony Watkins Auckland architect, builder, teacher, writer, environmentalist, urbanist, advocate and agitator President’s Award
 
  Engineering New Zealand President’s Award
Graeme Scott Auckland ASC Architects Distinguished Fellow
     
John Sutherland Auckland Jasmax Distinguished Fellow
     
Anne Salmond Wanaka Salmond Architecture Distinguished Fellow

For images of all award-winning projects, a list of award-winning projects, and brief project descriptions and judges’ citations, go to the NZIA dropbox.

To arrange an interview with awards jury convenor Malcolm Walker, or for any other information, contact:

Penny Hartill

New Zealand Architecture Awards publicity manager

penny@hartillpr.co.nz

Mobile: +64 21 721 424

 

‘Urgently Relevant’ Novel Wins Country’s Richest Literary Award

Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’

The book published by Penguin Random House received the honour ahead of a strong line-up of finalists comprising Lloyd Jones (The Cage), Kate Duignan (The New Ships) and Vincent O’Sullivan (All This by Chance) at the Auckland Writers Festival marquee event held in the Aotea Centre this evening.

“In This Mortal Boy, Fiona Kidman has written an intensely human and empathetic story, recreating the events leading to the real life hanging of ’jukebox killer‘ Paddy Black at Mount Eden prison in 1955.

“With seeming effortlessness, she pulls the reader into mid-century New Zealand – the restlessness of a new urban youth culture, the moral panic that led to the Mazengarb report, the damning assumptions of the legal profession and the unchallenged omissions that eased the pathway to a young man’s death,” said this year’s fiction category judges.

New York Times best-selling author and academic Joanne Drayton won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction for Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love (Otago University Press).

The category judges said Hudson & Halls is not simply the story of celebrity chefs: “It is a generous, multi-layered, and touching account of companionship and enduring love.

“Set against the backdrop of the double act many of us will remember, Hudson & Halls reveals the humour and drama of this couple’s onscreen chemistry, and is a deeply moving and often surprising account of their private life. Set within the context of significant social and political moments over four decades and three countries, Joanne Drayton’s fresh approach to storytelling makes this a must-read.”

Helen Heath won the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry for her collection Are Friends Electric? (Victoria University Press).

“By turns thoughtful and moving, Are Friends Electric? asks how the material world might mediate—or replace—human relationships.

“Helen Heath’s collection impressed the judging panel with its broad thematic reach, its willingness to tackle complex issues, and its poetic risk-taking,” said the judges.

Senior curator Sean Mallon and French ethnologist Sébastien Galliot took the Illustrated Non-Fiction category for their work Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing (Te Papa Press).

The book which traces the art form from 3,000 years ago to the present day is described by judges as a visual feast.

“…quality design is met with innovative writing that both records and opens up new territory, creating a book that will expand and enrich the knowledge of readers throughout Aotearoa, the Moana Pacific and beyond. Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing celebrates the tactile pleasure of a book in the hand, and should be acknowledged as a milestone in contemporary publishing.”

Te Mūrau o te Tuhi, a discretionary Māori Language Award, was presented this year for the landmark work He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao by pioneering language and tikanga academics Sir Tīmoti Kāretu and the late Dr Wharehuia Milroy published by Auckland University Press.

Te Reo Māori judge Dr Ruakere Hond acknowledged the very recent passing of Dr Milroy in announcing the award.

 “He tai mutunga kore te ranga whai reo e āki kau ana ki te aroaro o te tokorua kātuarehe, ngā ruānuku o te reo o nehe, ki nāianei rangi.  He whāiti taua urunga, engari i konei ka wherawhera mai.  He maioha tēnei nā Tīmoti Kāretu rāua ko Te Wharehuia Milroy, kia hou mai te tāura ki waenga pū i ā rāua kōrerorero, he kōrero paki, he hokinga mahara o te ohinga, ā, pakeke noa.  He puanga rautangi ki te hauangi.  Kapohia e te tini.  He tatau e puare ana i tō rāua ao.

“Staunch advocates of our spoken reo have relentlessly sought to sit down with these two most influential exponents of reo Māori, from the past and for today.  Few have had the opportunity; this book now opens that door. Tīmoti Kāretu and the late Wharehuia Milroy invite the reader into their conversations, their yarns and musings from decades of cultural experience.  This book’s value is undeniable.  Its language, accessible.  This is a doorway to their world,” said Dr Hond.

The General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Illustrated Non-Fiction category and Māori Language Award winners each took home a $10,000 prize.

 

Four MitoQ Best First Book Awards were also presented at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

The Hubert Church Prize for a best first book of Fiction went to Kirsten Warner for The Sound of Breaking Glass (Mākaro Press).

The E.H. McCormick Prize for a best first work of General Non-Fiction was presented to Chessie Henry for We Can Make a Life (Victoria University Press).

The Jessie Mackay Prize for a best first book of Poetry was awarded to Tayi Tibble for Poūkahangatus (Victoria University Press).

The Judith Binney Prize for a best first work of Illustrated Non-Fiction went to John Reid for Whatever It Takes: Pacific Films and John O’Shea 1948-2000 (Victoria University Press).

Each MitoQ Best First Book Award winner received $2500.

 

The 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges were:

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: journalist, reviewer and editor Sally Blundell; author and programme director of WORD Christchurch Rachael King; novelist, short story writer and lecturer James George (Ngāpuhi) and award-winning New York-based novelist Joseph O’Neill  who assisted the three New Zealand judges to select this year’s Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner.

Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction: science writer Rebecca Priestley, Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington; award-winning historian and University of Otago academic Angela Wanhalla and curator, educator and writer Karl Chitham (Ngāpuhi), new director of the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.

Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry: creative writing teacher Airini Beautrais; Massey University Professor Bryan Walpert and Pasifika poet Karlo Mila who runs an indigenous leadership programme.

Illustrated Non-Fiction category: Well-known writer, curator and commentator on all aspects of architecture, design and art Douglas Lloyd Jenkins; curator at Dunedin Public Art Gallery Lucy Hammonds and experienced bookseller Bruce Caddy.

Award-winning writer Paula Morris of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, which governs the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, says in a highly competitive year of groundbreaking, compelling books, it is heartening to welcome two new sponsors.

“Peter and Mary Biggs, long-time arts supporters in New Zealand, are now sponsoring our poetry prize, and the innovators of MitoQ are backing our first book winners. Their commitment speaks to the vitality and mana of our writers, artists and publishers,” says Ms Morris.

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are supported by Ockham Residential, Creative New Zealand, the Acorn Foundation, the Royal Society Te Apārangi, Mary and Peter Biggs CNZM, MitoQ and the Auckland Writers Festival.

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For winners’ images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wqznczvyv4077z0/AAAHfEeyCzQ7WuO3dJAkmBRba?dl=0

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Winners’ banner images

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  • Media are welcome to attend The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Ceremony at the Auckland Writers Festival on Tuesday 14 May, 7.00pm – 8.45pm ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
  • Winners are available for interview
  • Judges are available for interview
  • Winning books are available for review
  • Author images and book jacket images are available

 

To register your interest in attending the ceremony, please contact: Penny Hartill – director hPR, 021 721 424, penny@hartillpr.co.nz

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Editor’s Notes:

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are the country’s premier literary honours for books written by New Zealanders. First established in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards), they have also been known as the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Awards are given for Fiction (the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction), Illustrated Non-Fiction and Poetry (the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry). There are also four awards for first-time authors (The MitoQ Best First Book Awards) and, at the judges’ discretion, Te Mūrau o te Tuhi a Māori Language Award. The awards are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (a registered charity). Current members of the Trust are Nicola Legat, Karen Ferns, Paula Morris, Catherine Robertson, Jenna Todd, David Bowles, Pene Walsh and Melanee Winder. The Trust also governs the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

Ockham Residential is Auckland’s most progressive developer. By creating apartments that are well-designed, made with quality materials and are well-loved by the community, Ockham is committed to shaping a built environment that reflects Auckland as a world-class city, the grandeur of its landscapes and the ideas of its people. Founded in 2009 by Aucklanders Mark Todd and Benjamin Preston, Ockham also aims to enhance the community through sponsorship of the arts. The principal sponsor of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the company announced at the 2018 ceremony that it would continue its support for a further 5 years. Ockham is also a proud supporter of architecture and the visual arts as the lead partner of Objectspace.

The Acorn Foundation is a community foundation based in the Western Bay of Plenty, which encourages people to leave a gift in their wills and/or their lifetimes to support their local community forever. Donations are pooled and invested, and the investment income is used to make donations to local charities, in accordance with the donors’ wishes. The capital remains intact. Since it was established in 2003, Acorn has distributed over $4.6 million. Donors may choose which organisations are to benefit each year, or they may decide to leave it to the trustees’ discretion. Community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy worldwide, and there are now 15 throughout New Zealand, with more in the early stages. The Fiction Prize has been provided through the generosity of one of the Foundation’s donors, and will be awarded to the top fiction work each year, in perpetuity. Its base figure of $50,000 will be adjusted each year, to reflect wage inflation.

Royal Society Te Apārangi is an independent not-for-profit organisation that supports all New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Its varied programmes provide funding and learning opportunities for researchers, teachers, school students, together with those who are simply curious about the world. To celebrate the discoveries of New Zealand researchers, the Society awards medals and elects Fellows, who are leaders in their fields. These experts help the Society to provide independent advice to New Zealanders and the government on issues of public concern. The Society has a broad network of members and friends around New Zealand and invites all those who value the work New Zealanders do in exploring, discovering and sharing knowledge to join with them.

Creative New Zealand has been a sustaining partner of New Zealand’s book awards for decades. Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, an international programme, and advocacy. It offers financial support for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations, and provides training and online resources to help artists and practitioners develop professionally, grow audiences and markets, and manage their organisations. It also supports internships and national touring to help develop New Zealand arts. Creative New Zealand provides a wide range of support to New Zealand literature, including funding for writers and publishers, residencies, literary festivals and awards, and supports organisations which work to increase the readership and sales of New Zealand literature at home and internationally.

MitoQ is one of New Zealand’s newest global success stories. Founded on breakthrough cellular research undertaken at Otago University, MitoQ® is the only product to directly target the mitochondria. Over 300 reviews and studies have to date been published around the positive effects of MitoQ® on health. MitoQ’s success has placed the company in the exciting position of being able to put back into its communities through sponsorship, particularly in the arts, which it sees as essential to the wellbeing of society. The company is delighted to support the enrichment of New Zealand literature through the MitoQ Best First Book awards.

Mary and Peter Biggs CNZM are long-time arts advocates and patrons – particularly of literature and theatre. They have funded the Biggs Family Prize in Poetry at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters since 2006, along with the Alex Scobie Research Prize in Classical Studies, Latin and Greek. They have been consistent supporters of the International Festival of the Arts, the Auckland Writers Festival, Wellington’s Circa Theatre, the New Zealand Arts Foundation, Featherston Booktown, the New Zealand Book Council, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Featherston Sculpture Trust and the Kokomai Arts Festival in the Wairarapa. Peter was Chair of Creative New Zealand from 1999 to 2006. He led the Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce in 2010 and the New Zealand Professional Orchestra Sector Review in 2012. Peter was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for arts governance and philanthropy in 2013.

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 19th year, it hosts more than 200 local and international writers for seven days of discussion, conversation, reading, debate, performance, schools, family and free events ranging across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, theatre, culture, art and more. Festival attendance in 2018 exceeded 74,000.

 

Auckland Writers Festival Continues Its Record-Breaking Run

Akld Writers FestivalPeople of all ages flocked to the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its previous attendance record with more than 83,000 seats filled across seven days of tremendous conversations, inspiring performances and theatres filled with laughter at venues throughout the city’s centre.

The Festival, which has seen year-on-year growth in the last eight years, hosted 230 of New Zealand’s and the world’s best novelists, playwrights, song writers, historians, children’s writers, illustrators, journalists and poets who took to the streets, filled the halls and entertained in the sparkling Festival tent, bringing extraordinary new ideas, and words to the many thousands who came to see them.

Auckland Writers Festival director Anne O’Brien says it is an absolute thrill that the Festival is now considered to be one of the best of its kind in the world.

“There is huge appetite for substantive conversations and a deeper understanding of the world and each other. We are incredibly grateful to all of our guests, many of whom have travelled across the world to share stories and ideas relevant to today’s concerns.

“We farewell these remarkable writers but are left inspired by their stories, and with a deeper understanding of the role we, as individuals, can play in the world.”

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received a standing ovation in a sold out session full of laughter and substance. Economist Kate Raworth’s passion that a new, sustainable economic model is possible inspired all who came to hear her. David Chariandy, Leonie Hayden, Victor Rodger, Jenny Erpenbeck and Nida Fiazi shared personal experiences of discrimination which sobered the audience in the University of Auckland Festival Forum: Everyday Acts of Racism. Musician and memoirist Jeff Tweedy’s honesty and skilful use of the comedic pause drew rapturous applause. Vincent O’Malley challenged us with an impassioned call for the New Zealand Wars to be taught in schools. We were honoured that kaumatua Sir Tīmoti Kāretu appeared in the Festival’s first-ever session conducted in te reo Māori.  We were treated to Eugenia Cheng’s musical and mathematical brilliance. Ninety performers from Auckland’s National Youth Theatre Company joined Val Emmich in a beautiful session that brought many audience members to tears, as did Anne Michael’s moving session that started Friday’s programme. Military historian Sir Antony Beevor brought the impact of war so vividly to life to a packed theatre. Jill Abramson was open and self-effacing as she provided insight into the media, paywalls and revealed the lead-up to her firing as the executive editor of the New York Times. Markus Zusak’s empathy for his characters and skilful audience engagement was a highlight for many. Rebecca Vaughan’s sold out Orlando season left her audience astonished, confirming her place as one of the world’s great solo literary actresses. Beloved children’s and adult fiction writer Joy Cowley ended the session with a compassionate and heartfelt session that saw her receive a standing ovation.

Hundreds of people converged upon Literally Lorne for an eclectic variety of short, sharp events that were by parts funny, moving and zany. The Auckland Town Hall was given over to the kids at Family Day on Sunday, and they were treated to performances of the wild and wacky variety including an oversized book of Margaret Mahy’s The Lion in the Meadow read by Stacey Morrison in te reo Māori and English.

More than 7,500 students and teachers, from all over the North Island filled the Aotea Centre for inspiring sessions with writers from Britain, US, Australia and New Zealand.

The cream of this country’s writers received honours at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards –a marquee event in the Festival’s public programme – amongst them Dame Fiona Kidman who was presented with the $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.

This year’s Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by American award-winning poet, novelist and essayist Anne Michaels, went to Jessica Le Bas and the inaugural $10,000 Michael Gifkins Prize went to Tom McLean writing as Tom Remiger.

Auckland Writers Festival Board Chair, Pip Muir, says it is a real privilege to be part of an organisation that demonstrates such commitment to the power of words and ideas.

“I sincerely thank the Festival staff for their hard work and tenacity delivering this truly world-class event, and to the sponsors and patrons for their generosity and loyal support.

“This Festival has been an outstanding success. It will be a hard act to follow, setting us a great challenge for the Festival’s 20th event next year.” says Ms Muir.

The Auckland Writers Festival warmly thanks Platinum Partner: Heartland Bank; Gold Partners: The University of Auckland, Freemasons Foundation, Ockham Residential and Creative New Zealand; Silver Partners: ATEED, Barfoot & Thompson, Craigs Investment Partners, Foundation North, Hobson Leavy Executive Search, Newstalk ZB, The New Zealand Herald, The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences; Bronze Partners: Hachette, HarperCollins, Hawkins & Co, Heart of the City, NZ Community Trust, Penguin Random House, QMS, The Lion Foundation, Victoria University Press and Supporting Partners.

We are also enormously grateful to our Festival patrons for their enthusiasm and generosity.

For Festival images: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2019%20Writer’s%20Festival%20Speaker%20Photos

For further information, interview opportunities, author and book images please contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR, 021 721 424, www.hartillpr.co.nz

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@AklWritersFest              #awf19

 

Editor’s Notes

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 19th year, it hosts more than 230 local and international writers for a week of discussion, conversation, reading, debate, performance, schools, family and free events ranging across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, theatre, culture, art and more. Festival attendance in 2018 reached 75,000.

 

Thousands flock to country’s largest writers festival

Akld Writers Festival

Women and men of all ages and children young and old flocked to the Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its own record with more than 74,000 seats filled across six days of tremendous conversations, performances, speeches and stand-up and long signing queues stretched across the foyers in the Aotea Centre.

The programme, the Festival’s most ambitious yet, hosted 230 of New Zealand and the world’s best novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians, children’s writers, illustrators, journalists and poets who took to the streets, filled the halls and entertained in the sparkling Festival tent, bringing extraordinary new ideas, and words to the thousands who came to see them.

Auckland Writers Festival director Anne O’Brien says the result is testament to people’s hunger for more substantive conversations and a deeper understanding of the world and each other.

“This has been an exhilarating six days with remarkable people and conversations on stage and in the foyers.

“We are living in charged times; rising inequality, #metoo, AI with its ethical quandaries and rapidly changing patterns of human behaviour to name a few. We heard these issues reflected across genres, in impassioned speeches and in sublime readings.

“We farewell these remarkable writers but are left inspired by their stories, and with a deeper understanding of the role we, as individuals, can play in the world.”

Witi Ihimaera received a sustained standing ovation as this year’s Honoured New Zealand Writer as did Fiona Farrell who delivered a thought-provoking lecture on the truth in fiction.

Robert Webb

Comedian and memoirist Robert Webb reduced us to tears of laughter and brought heart-warming insight into what it meant to be a man in the 21st Century. High-profile public intellectual A.C. Grayling expertly opened our eyes to the precariousness of democracy and Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor delivered an impassioned speech on the wreckage that colonialism brought to his country. The Black Friars gave a spontaneous gift-in-song to Damon Salesa at the end of his Michael King Memorial Lecture. Scottish historian, Rosemary Goring entered and exited the stage to bagpipes. Popular US neuroscientist David Eagleman provided an extraordinary insight into brain plasticity and its potential for our justice system. The future of humans in our socially wired world was compellingly reflected in Emma Mary Hall’s We May Have to Choose solo performance, with many parallels seen in ‘Big History’ expert David Christian’s talk about our transition from living in a biosphere to a knowledgesphere.  Karl Ove Knausgaard confirmed his position as a writer rock star, with audience members proclaiming their love for him in question time!

Hundreds of people converged upon Call On O’Connell for an eclectic variety of short but sharp events that were by parts funny, moving and zany. The Auckland Town Hall was given over to the kids at Family Day on Sunday, and they were treated to performances of the wild and wacky variety. Audiences packed the Heartland Festival room to hear revealing conversations and powerful performances from songwriters Nadia Reid, Lawrence Arabia and Moana Maniapoto.

More than 6,500 students, from as far afield as Christchurch, filled the Aotea Centre for inspiring sessions with writers from Britain, US, Australia and New Zealand.

The cream of this country’s writers received honours at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards –the opening event in the Festival’s public programme which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Pip Adam was presented with the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize – inflation adjusted to $52,000.

This year’s Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by New York cultural icon, Eileen Myles, went to Wellington’s Jane Arthur and the inaugural $10,000 Michael Gifkins Prize went to Ruby Porter.

Auckland Writers Festival Board Chair, Pip Muir, says it is a real privilege to be part of an organisation that demonstrates such commitment to the power of words and the discourse of ideas.

“I sincerely thank the Festival staff for their hard work and tenacity delivering this truly world-class event and to the sponsors and patrons for their generosity and loyal support.

“This Festival has been an outstanding success. It will be a hard one to beat!” says Ms Muir.

The Auckland Writers Festival warmly thanks Platinum Partner Heartland Bank; Gold Partners: The University of Auckland, Freemasons Foundation, Ockham and Creative New Zealand; and all our Silver, Bronze and Supporting Partners and Patrons.

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For further information, interview opportunities, author and book images please contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR, 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, http://www.hartillpr.co.nz

For Festival images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kye2n8r3wuit38t/AAC-WziHGGIhIys1Ul27nu9za?dl=0

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Editor’s Notes

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 18th year, it hosts more than 200 local and international writers for six days of discussion, conversation, reading, debate, performance, schools, family and free events ranging across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, theatre, culture, art and more. Festival attendance in 2017 exceeded 73,000.

Pip Adam wins premier book awards’ $50,000 prize

A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards.

Wellington writer Pip Adam received the honour for her novel The New Animals (Victoria University Press) at the glittering Ockham New Zealand Book Awards ceremony which also celebrated the Awards’ 50th anniversary, held in Auckland’s Aotea Centre tonight.

The New Animals, which parodies the Auckland fashion scene, was praised by the category judges as a confrontational, revelatory novel that holds a mirror up to contemporary New Zealand culture. They said: “The New Animals handles a large ensemble of unrooted characters with skill. It’s stylistically raw and reveals a good deal in a modest way. The New Animals is so vivid in imagery and imagination that the judges haven’t stopped thinking about it since. In this category in 2018 it’s the book with the most blood on the page. It will give you an electric shock.”

Listener journalist Diana Wichtel won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction for her memoir Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father (Awa Press).

“The toughest task of any book, whatever the form, is to make a sentence so good that you just have to read the next one, and the next one, and then wish it could just about go on forever. So it is with Driving to Treblinka,” said the judges. “Wichtel’s curiosity, alternately upsetting and uplifting, turns invisibly into a kind of mission. At its heart this is a family story, but one which cannot but shine a light on the vestiges of anti-Semitism that linger in Europe today.  It is not just a beautifully written book, but an important book, too.”

Elizabeth Smither OBE won the Poetry category – an honour bestowed on her twice before – with her collection Night Horse (Auckland University Press).

“The 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Poetry Award is for a book by an esteemed and celebrated poet who contributes greatly to the New Zealand writing community. The poems in Night Horse are gentle, uplifting, tender, humorous, well-crafted and luminous,” said the Poetry category judges.

Esteemed academics Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins won the Illustrated Non-Fiction category for their work Tuai: A traveller in two worlds (Bridget Williams Books).

“Tuai is empathetically written, providing the reader a window into a contested time of meeting, conversion and enterprise. The text and illustrations work in concert, presenting a rounded and rich experience for the reader, enhancing the breadth and depth of the research explored within. Key moments are presented so richly that they envelop and captivate the imagination. The care the authors have given these histories, acknowledging the autonomy that mātauranga Māori has in wider Aotearoa historical narratives, is striking, and we need more of it,” the judges said.

The General Non-Fiction, Poetry and Illustrated Non-Fiction category winners each took home a $10,000 prize.

To add a further celebratory note, Ockham Residential confirmed its sponsorship commitment to the awards for a further five years.

“This year the New Zealand Book Awards have reached the golden age of fifty. However they have only been the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for the last three years, which isn’t long enough in our book!, ” says Mark Todd, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Ockham Residential. “We are delighted to announce a new five-year sponsorship deal with the awards. With public discourse in disarray we need our writers more than ever.”

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair, Nicola Legat, says Ockham’s commitment is a terrific boon for the Awards. “We are enormously grateful to Ockham for their generous ongoing commitment. What a terrific way to celebrate the Awards’ 50th anniversary; the country’s premier literary honours are in such good heart.”

Four Best First Book Awards were also presented at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction: Baby by Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press).

The E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction: Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father by Diana Wichtel (Awa Press).

The Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner (Victoria University Press).

The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction: Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness by Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood (Whio Publishing).

Each Best First Book Award winner received $2500.

The Awards ceremony was the first public event in the Auckland Writers Festival, which sees more than 200 of New Zealand’s and the world’s best writers and thinkers offering entertainment and ideas in words, song, theatre and more from 15-20 May.

Category winners appear in sessions at the Auckland Writers Festival: https://bit.ly/2IBUimg

 

The 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges were:

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: Poet and academic Anna Smaill; journalist and reviewer Philip Matthews; and bookseller and reviewer Jenna Todd of the Auckland bookshop Time Out. Glasgow-based writer, journalist and founding editor of the Scottish Review of Books Alan Taylor joined the New Zealand judging team in selecting the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner.

Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction: Ella Henry, lecturer in AUT’s Māori Faculty; editor and award-winning journalist Toby Manhire; and former bookseller and publisher, Philip King.

Illustrated Non-Fiction: Barbara Brookes, whose A History of New Zealand Women won this category of the awards in 2017; Matariki Williams, (Tūhoe, Taranaki, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Whakaue), Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa; and Kim Paton, Director of the public gallery Objectspace.

Poetry: Poet and novelist Alison Wong; poet Robert Sullivan, deputy chief executive, Māori, Manukau Institute of Technology; and poet, publisher and librettist Michael Harlow.

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are supported by Ockham Residential, Creative New Zealand, The Acorn Foundation, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd and the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

 

Editor’s Notes:

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are the country’s premier literary honours for books written by New Zealanders. First established in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards), they have also been known as the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Awards are given for Fiction (the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction), Illustrated Non-Fiction and Poetry. There are also four Best First Book Awards and, at the judges’ discretion, a Māori Language Award. The awards are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (a registered charity). Members of the Trust are Nicola Legat, Karen Ferns, Paula Morris, Catherine Robertson, Rachel Eadie, David Bowles, Pene Walsh and Melanee Winder. Creative New Zealand is a significant annual funder of the awards. The Trust also governs the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

Ockham Residential Group is Auckland’s most progressive developer. Founded in 2009 by Mark Todd and Ben Preston, Ockham describes itself as an urban regenerator, a company that loves Auckland.  Ockham wants to see Auckland’s built environment become as beautiful and as world-class as its natural landscape. The business has ambitions wider than profitability, and has also established the Ockham Foundation. The Ockham Foundation aims to promote original thinking and critical thought — two key elements of widening the public discourse — via educational initiatives. It works with the University of Auckland to fund First Foundation Scholars studying science, and is a major sponsor to Ngā Rangatahi Toa, a charity transforming the lives of Rangatahi excluded from education.

The Acorn Foundation is a community foundation based in the Western Bay of Plenty, which encourages people to leave a gift in their wills and/or their lifetimes to support their local community forever. Donations are pooled and invested, and the investment income is used to make donations to local charities, in accordance with the donors’ wishes. The capital remains intact. Since it was established in 2003, Acorn has distributed over $4.6 million. Donors may choose which organisations are to benefit each year, or they may decide to leave it to the trustees’ discretion. Community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy worldwide, and there are now 15 throughout New Zealand, with more in the early stages. The Book Awards’ $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize has been provided through the generosity of one of the Foundation’s donors, and will be awarded to the top fiction work each year, in perpetuity.

Royal Society Te Apārangi is an independent not-for-profit organisation that supports all New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Its varied programmes provide funding and learning opportunities for researchers, teachers, school students, together with those who are simply curious about the world. To celebrate the discoveries of New Zealand researchers, the Society awards medals and elects Fellows, who are leaders in their fields. These experts help the Society to provide independent advice to New Zealanders and the government on issues of public concern. The Society has a broad network of members and friends around New Zealand and invites all those who value the work New Zealanders do in exploring, discovering and sharing knowledge to join with them.

Globally Lauded Novelist Wins Country’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. The award was announced this evening at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

The panel of judges — Bronwyn Wylie Gibb, Peter Wells, Jill Rawnsley and inaugural international judge the Canadian writer Madeleine Thien — said  “The Wish Child exposes and celebrates the power of words – so dangerous they must be cut out or shredded, so magical they can be wondered at and conjured with – Chidgey also exposes the fragility and strength of humanity … Compelling and memorable, you’ll be caught by surprise by its plumbing of depths and sudden moments of grace, beauty and light.”

The Wish Child, Chidgey’s fourth novel, comes 13 years after her last work, The Transformation, was published to critical acclaim. Chidgey’s previous novel Golden Deeds was chosen as a Book of the Year by Time Out (London), a Best Book by the LA Times Book Review and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Her debut novel, In a Fishbone Church, won a Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific).

Her latest novel, published by Victoria University Press, is one of four Ockham New Zealand Book Awards category winners, selected by four panels of specialist judges out of a shortlist of 16, which were in turn drawn from 40 longlisted titles from 150 entries.

Four Best First Book Awards were also presented.

Paris-based Andrew Johnston won the Poetry category for his collection Fits & Starts (Victoria University Press), a book described by the category’s judges’ convenor, Harry Ricketts, as a slow-burning tour de force.

“The judges’ admiration for Andrew Johnston’s remarkable collection grew with each rereading, as its rich intellectual and emotional layers continued to reveal themselves … Using a minimalist couplet-form, the collection is at once philosophical and political, witty and moving, risky and grounded, while maintaining a marvellously varied singing line.

“To reward Fits & Starts with the overall poetry prize is to reward New Zealand poetry at its most impressive and its most promising.”

Ashleigh Young (Wellington) took the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction for her collection of personal essays Can You Tolerate This? (Victoria University Press).

The category’s judges’ convenor, Susanna Andrew, says Young’s work sets a high bar for style and originality in a form that has very little precedent in this country. “Always an acute observer, it is in Young’s commitment to writing as an art that the true miracle occurs; she tells us her story and somehow we get our own.”

Young catapulted to international recognition earlier this year when she won the Yale University US$165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize for the collection.

Dunedin writer and historian Barbara Brookes won the Illustrated Non-Fiction category for her meticulously documented work A History of New Zealand Women (Bridget Williams Books).

The category’s judges’ convenor, Linda Tyler, says Brookes’ work combines deep research, an immensely readable narrative, superbly well-integrated images and is distinguished by close attention to both Māori and Pakehā women.

“Putting women at the centre of our history, this sweeping survey shows exactly when, how and why gender mattered. General changes in each period are combined effortlessly with the particular, local stories of individual women, many not well-known. A wider sense of women’s experiences is beautifully conveyed by the many well-captioned artworks, photographs, texts and objects.”

For the second year, the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards take pride of place as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Auckland Writers Festival director, Anne O’Brien, says she is delighted to launch the six-day Festival with the country’s premier book awards.

“Hosting the awards is a demonstration of our commitment to local writers, and as the largest showcase of New Zealand literature in the world, we are thrilled with the opportunity to do so. More than 100 of the nation’s best writers take part in the Festival’s more than 170 events, including tonight’s winners. I encourage everyone to come along, have some fun and be inspired by the wealth of this country’s writing talent,” says Ms O’Brien.

The Poetry, Illustrated Non-Fiction and General Non-Fiction category winners each took home a $10,000 prize.

This year’s four category award winners will appear at a free event at the Auckland Writers Festival: The State We’re In on Friday 19 May at 5.30pm in the Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square.

Four authors won four Best First Book Awards at the event:

The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction: Ngarino Ellis for A Whakapapa of Tradition: 100 Years of Ngāti Porou Carving, 1830-1930, with new photography by Natalie Robertson (Auckland University Press).

The Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: Hera Lindsay Bird for Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press).

The E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction: Adam Dudding for My Father’s Island: A Memoir (Victoria University Press).

The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction: Gina Cole for Black Ice Matter (Huia Publishers).

Each Best First Book Award winner received $2,500.

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are supported by Ockham Residential, Creative New Zealand, The Acorn Foundation, Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd and the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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  • Media are welcome to attend The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Ceremony. Tuesday 16 May, 7.00 – 8.30pm ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
  • Winners are available for interview
  • Judges are available for interview
  • Winning books are available for review
  • Author images and book jacket images are available

To register your interest in attending the ceremony, please contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, penny@hartillpr.co.nz

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Editor’s Notes:

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are the country’s premier literary honours for works written by New Zealanders. First established in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards), they have also been known as the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Awards are given for Fiction (the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), Illustrated Non-Fiction, General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction) and Poetry. There are also four Best First Book Awards and, at the judges’ discretion, a Māori language award. The awards are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (a registered charity). Members of the Trust are Nicola Legat, Karen Ferns, Paula Morris, Catherine Robertson, Stella Chrysostomou, David Bowles, Pene Walsh and Melanee Winder. Creative New Zealand is a significant annual funder of the awards. The Trust also governs the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

Ockham Residential Limited is Auckland’s most progressive developer. Founded in 2009 by Mark Todd and Ben Preston, Ockham describes itself as an urban regenerator, a company that loves Auckland, and that wants to see its built environment become as beautiful and as world-class as its natural landscape. The business has ambitions wider than profitability: the company has also established the Ockham Foundation, an education-focused charity, to promote original thinking and critical thought — two key elements of public discourse — via education. It works with the University of Auckland to fund First Foundation Scholars studying science, and it also sponsors Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s work with at risk youth.

The Acorn Foundation is a community foundation based in the Western Bay of Plenty, which encourages people to leave a gift in their wills and/or their lifetimes to support their local community forever. Donations are pooled and invested, and the investment income is used to make donations to local charities, in accordance with the donors’ wishes. The capital remains intact. Since it was established in 2003, Acorn has distributed over $3.6 million, and it currently has invested funds of $16.7 million. Community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy worldwide, and there are now 13 throughout New Zealand. The Book Awards’ $50,000 fiction award, known as the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, has been provided through the generosity of one of the Foundation’s donors, and will be awarded to the top fiction work each year, in perpetuity.

Royal Society Te Apārangi offers expert advice to government and the public, recognises excellence in research and scholarship in science, technology and humanities, promotes science and technology education, publishes peer-reviewed journals, administers funds for research and fosters international scientific contact and co-operation.

 Creative New Zealand has been a sustaining partner of New Zealand’s book awards for decades. Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, an international programme, and advocacy. It offers financial support for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations, and provides training and online resources to help artists and practitioners develop professionally, grow audiences and markets, and manage their organisations. It also supports internships and national touring to help develop New Zealand arts. Creative New Zealand provides a wide range of support to New Zealand literature, including funding for writers and publishers, residencies, literary festivals and awards, and supports organisations which work to increase the readership and sales of New Zealand literature at home and internationally.

Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd underwrites the sale of book tokens within New Zealand. It is administered by Booksellers New Zealand.

This year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges, in alphabetical order, are: Susanna Andrew, Tom Brooking, Paul Diamond, Morgan Godfery, Bronwyn Labrum, Vivienne Plumb, Jill Rawnsley, Harry Ricketts, Steven Toussaint, Linda Tyler, Peter Wells and Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb. For more about the judges, go to: http://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards/2017-awards/judges/.

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Auckland Writers Festival Breaks All Records

New Zealand’s largest literary Festival broke its own record this week, with more than 70,000 seats filled across six days of story and ideas delivered by inspirational local and international writers.

The programme, the Festival’s most ambitious yet, hosted over 200 novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians, children’s writers, illustrators, journalists and poets, including 40 internationals, introduced a new venue, took to the streets, and hosted a glittering spoken word showcase.

Auckland Writers Festival director Anne O’Brien says the result is testament to people’s hunger for more substantive conversations and deeper engagement with the world and each other.

“This has been an exhilarating six days with remarkable people and conversations on stage and in the foyers.

“This Festival was the most diverse yet, spanning continents and cultures and reflecting the interests of people across all age groups. Audiences came from all over New Zealand and across the world, and left inspired by stories of change and hope, and a deeper understanding of the role they, as individuals, can play in the world.”

New Zealand’s much loved public intellectual, Lloyd Geering, received a sustained standing ovation as did two inaugural Festival events Best of the Best: Spoken Word Showcase and The Song of the Book. Ian Rankin brought his Inspector Rebus books to life and revealed his love of The Mutton Birds. Gifted raconteur, Roxane Gay’s straight talking broke new ground. Food critic Jay ‘Acid’ Rayner delivered a witty show and a big thumbs down to our pineapple lumps.  Rupi Kaur, Caroline Brothers and Steve Sem-Sandberg moved audience members to tears. Thomas Friedman, one of the world’s foremost authorities on politics and foreign affairs, presented a powerful vision of the future, as did New Zealand rising star Max Harris in the 2017 Michael King Memorial Lecture.. George Saunders’ warmth, humour and outstanding writing won him thousands of new readers here in New Zealand. Susan Faludi shared the story of her late father’s gender reassignment at age 76; a story as ground breaking as her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Backlash. Mpho Tutu Van Furth’s grace and wisdom, demonstrated on a personal and societal level, left us with much food for thought. We learnt a whole lot more about why Trump won the US elections from such deep thinkers as John Lanchester and Stan Grant. Chris Parker and Tom Sainsbury brought the house down in their late night salon style soirees as did Professor Frankie who had Harry Potter fans – adult and children alike – in stitches, celebrating the magician’s 20th anniversary.

More than 5,700 students, from as far afield as Christchurch, filled the Aotea Centre for inspiring sessions with writers from Britain, US, Australia and New Zealand.

The cream of this country’s writers received honours at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – New Zealand’s premiere literary awards and the opening event in the Festival’s public programme. Catherine Chidgey was presented with the inaugural $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.

Dame Fiona Kidman was honoured for her life’s work in writing with a pounamu paper knife created by Coromandel artist Chris Charteris as the Festival’s 2017 Honoured New Zealand Writer and this year’s Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy went to Hera Lindsay Bird.

Auckland Writers Festival Board Chairwoman, Pip Muir, says it only remains for her to sincerely thank the many people who made this year’s extraordinary outcome possible.

“I am enormously grateful to the authors for their wisdom and discourse, to the audience for their warmth and engagement and to the sponsors and patrons for their generosity and loyal support.

“We took some risks this year, investing in a new venue – the Heartland Festival Room – and introducing a number of new events. These initiatives have been enthusiastically received and it is thanks to the tireless work of the Festival staff and volunteers, that the Festival has been such a success,” says Ms Muir.

The Auckland Writers Festival warmly thanks new Platinum Partner Heartland Bank; Gold Partners The University of Auckland, Freemasons Foundation, Ockham, SPARK, Creative New Zealand and ATEED; and all our Silver, Bronze and Supporting Partners and Patrons.

ENDS

For further information, interview opportunities, author and book images please contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR, 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, www.hartillpr.co.nz

www.writersfestival.co.nz                  www.facebook.com/akwrfest

@AklWritersFest              #awf17

 

Editor’s Notes

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 17th year, it hosts more than 200 participants from New Zealand and abroad over six days. Between 2012 and 2016, Festival attendance rose from 24,000 to 65,000.

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Country’s First Festival of Architecture Celebrates Past, Present and Future Design

New Zealand’s love of design goes on show as the country’s inaugural Festival of Architecture opens the doors to buildings, houses, galleries and studios in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and regional centres for ten days, from 7th September.

Including studio open days, design competitions, city walking tours and social housing debates, there are more than 50 events on offer and most of them are free. Smart and sassy, L.A’.s Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, known as Design, Bitches, headline the Festival, with a series of public talks encouraging us to expand the definition of architecture, go bold and take more risks.

New Zealand Institute of Architects CEO, Teena Hale Pennington, says she is thrilled to launch this country’s first Festival celebrating the profession.

“Architecture reflects who are as a nation; it can make the difference between living in an okay city or a great city. Good design makes us feel invigorated and can help us to create, work and live in more inspiring ways.”

The Festival or Architecture programme is online at http://www.nzia.co.nz/festival-of-architecture/overview

Auckland event highlights include a Green Building Walking Tour of the CBD (Saturday 9 September), a Tamaki Makaurau Hikoi with Pita Turei (Saturday 16 September), and an exhibition at Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter titled Imagining a New Future: How Biotechnology and Smart Technologies could change the way we live (9-17 September). Spokespeople from vying political parties debate the answer to this country’s social housing woes on Wednesday 6 September with Rod Oram keeping them in line and on the 9th and 16th  of September, the city’s architects open their studios to the public.

Wellingtonians can go on a tour of the recently refurbished Public Trust building on Thursday 7th September and that evening, there’s a debate about our housing crisis at Victoria University’s School of Architecture. An exhibition at Resene Thorndon curated by the National Association of Women in Construction looks at ‘non-heroic’ architecture and the role gender plays in shaping our built work (7-14 September) and architects all over the city open their studios to the public on 15 September.

 

A tour of Christchurch’s new central city buildings is a regional highlight (9th and 16th September). Throughout the Festival, Canterbury’s architects will hold public open days and there’s a dance party celebrating the offkilter, the haphazard and the fun that can be found in architecture at The Arts Centre Gym on 16 September.

You can explore the future of iwi-led developments in Tauranga at Jasmax on Thursday 14 September and on 9 September you can go on the DHT Architour of Tauranga houses built in the period 1847 to 1990, with coffee and muffins served en route.

There’s plenty for aspiring architects, too. On Sunday 17 September, student groups from the University of Auckland’s civil engineering and architecture schools have six hours to create a medium density social housing project to the theme of diversity. Architecture students from around New Zealand are invited to compete in the fun-filled, fast-paced SANNZ design competition held on the 15th and 16th September in Wellington.

The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture celebrates its 100th year with a series of events for current, alumni and future students including a sparkling invite only gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel on Saturday 9 September.

“This Festival is celebrates the past, present and future of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s architecture and design.  Architecture is for us all. I warmly encourage everyone to check out the programme and to head along and see what has and is shaping the future design of our country,” says Ms Hale Pennington.

The New Zealand Institute of Architects is grateful to the support of principal sponsor dormakaba, international speaker sponsor, GIB and major sponsors Rider Levett Bucknall, The Warren Trust and Warren and Mahoney.

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For images, interview enquiries or further information please contact Penny Hartill, hPR, 021 721 424, penny@hartillpr.co.nz

http://www.nzia.co.nz/festival-of-architecture/overview

 

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Auckland Writers Festival 2016 Breaks All Records

The City of Sails placed itself at the heart of the written world this week as the Auckland Writers Festival broke its own record, with 63,000 seats filled.

People young and old flocked to the festival, which is celebrating its 16th year, to see more than 150 novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians, children’s writers, critics, editors, illustrators and poets from New Zealand and around the world .

Akld Writers FestivalAuckland Writers Festival director Anne O’Brien says the enormous enthusiasm and increasing attendance is testament to people’s hunger for more substantive conversations and deeper engagement with the world and each other.

“We know that literate citizens live better lives and build better worlds and we’re delighted to have played our part in cultivating literacy in the country over the last six days.

“This has been the most astonishing six days. The laughter, energy, ideas, conversations, tears and joy from audience and writers alike has been remarkable.

“People travelled from around the country and across the world, and left inspired with stories of change, hope and a deeper understanding of the role they, as individuals, can play in the world.”

Steinem jacketHeadline star and iconic feminist, Gloria Steinem, sent her sold out audience home with messages of empowerment and wisdom. John Boyne, Hanya Yanagihara, Jeanette Winterson, Susie Orbach and Michel Faber moved their audiences to tears. Omar Musa and King Kapisi brought the house down and The Emergency Poet ran out of poemcetocol.

We learned from Scott Hamilton that refugees from Auckland fled down Great South Road during the New Zealand Wars in a manner not dissimilar to today’s Syrian citizens, Steve Braunias regaled his packed audience with true stories of blood and gore in Godzone and Helene
Wong’s
humane and intelligent Michael King Memorial Lecture received a sustained standing ovation.

More than 5,000 students poured into the Town Hall for inspiring sessions with writers from Britain, US, Australia and New Zealand.

“Fostering a love of reading and books, and a belief in all young people that they, too can write their stories is hugely important to us,” says Ms O’Brien.

The schools’ programme increased from two to three days this year, enabling two dedicated sessions for Years 5 and 6 students, as well as a full additional day for Years 9-13 students. All students left the programme with a free book of stories published by the festival. In addition, the transport subsidy funded by the festival has increased this year, assisting more low decile and regional school students to attend and the Festival, with the support of patrons, sponsored three lower decile schools to attend with selected students also taking part in a mentoring programme.

The cream of this country’s writers received honours at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – New Zealand’s premier literary awards – which were hosted by the festival for the first time this year. Stephen Daisley was presented with the inaugural $50,000 Acorn Foundation Literary Prize.

AWF Aotea signageVincent O’Sullivan was honoured for his life’s work in writing with a pounamu paper knife created by Coromandel artist Chris Charteris as the festival’s 2015 Honoured New Zealand Writer and this year’s Sarah Broom Poetry Prize went to Elizabeth Smither.

Auckland Writers Festival Board Chair Pip Muir says it remains for her to sincerely thank the many people who made this year’s extraordinary outcome possible.

“I am enormously grateful to the authors for their wisdom and discourse, to the audience for their warmth and engagement, to the sponsors and patrons for their generosity and loyal support and especially to the festival team and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this festival such a success,” says Ms Muir.

The Auckland Writers Festival warmly thanks its Gold Partners: The University of Auckland, Freemasons Foundation, Ockham, SPARK, New Zealand Listener, Foundation North, Creative New Zealand and ATEED; and all our Silver, Bronze and Supporting Partners.

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For further information, interview opportunities, author and book images please contact: Penny Hartill, director, hPR, 09 445 7525, 021 721 424, http://www.hartillpr.co.nz

www.writersfestival.co.nz                  www.facebook.com/akwrfest

Editor’s Notes

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 15th year, it hosts more than 170 participants from New Zealand and abroad over six days. Festival attendance increased 17 percent in 2015, to more than 62,000, following a 55 percent increase in 2014.

Shearer, farmer and former soldier wins premier book award

Stephen Daisley has won New Zealand’s richest writing prize, the inaugural $50,000 Acorn Foundation Literary Award, for his novel Coming Rain, announced at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards ceremony last night.

Daisley (60), who was born and raised in the Raetihi Hotel, which his parents owned, is a former soldier in the NZ Army. He was 56 years old when his first book, Traitor, was published to wide literary acclaim in Australia, winning a Prime Minister’s Award for Literature. Daisley now lives in Western Australia, where he is a farmer and shearer.

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Fiction category convenor of judges, Jill Rawnsley, says Stephen Daisley’s novel shone from the outset.

OckhamComing Rain is a universal story of love and aspiration, betrayal and disappointment. The prose is masterful, simple and moving. The characters are utterly believable and complex in their ordinariness. It was a book that all three judges came across joyfully and read with the ease of those who know they’re in the hands of a confident writer.”

Daisley is one of eight Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners announced at the Auckland Town Hall ceremony.

Dunedin writer and critic David Eggleton has won the Poetry category for his collection The Conch Trumpet (Otago University Press), a win described by the category’s convenor of judges, Elizabeth Caffin, as a tribute to Eggelton’s extraordinary fluency and energy.

“Always vigorous and fluent, David Eggleton evokes in song and incantation the ancient, the deep, the unspoken forces of myth and memory in Aotearoa. In huge sentences and tumbling metaphors he catches up his audience and makes his world public. He has an acute sense of the physical landscape as alive and present — but also of its history, in word and action,” says Ms Caffin.

Aroha Harris (Auckland), Atholl Anderson (Marlborough) and the late Judith Binney took the Illustrated Non-fiction category award for their epic work Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (Bridget Williams Books).

“Far from succumbing to triumphalist history, Tangata Whenua meets Māori history on its own terms and rejects some of the comfortable assumptions of a flawless pre-colonial society. The book’s lasting legacy will be how it expands the scope of Māori history, weaving together knowledge from archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, law, political science and, of course, oral history … Tangata Whenua is scholarship at its finest,” says the category’s convenor of judges Jane Connor.

Well-known novelist, Witi Ihimaera, won the General Non-Fiction category for his memoir, Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood (Penguin Random House).

This year’s category judges’ convenor, Simon Wilson says: “With Māori Boy, Witi Ihimaera has woven his whakapapa into a great cloak whose feathers wink and flash as you hold it to the light: there are personal and family secrets, revealed with courage and grace; yarns spun with a gleeful skill; polemics that slip through the weave and demand to be considered, too. A delight to read alone, it’s also for reading aloud, and it’s not hard to imagine, with Māori and Pākehā audiences alike, just how delightful — and also explosive — that experience might be.”

The awards return this year following a 12-month hiatus with new sponsorship and, in a partnership with the Auckland Writers Festival, a winners’ ceremony that’s part of the Festival programme and open to the public for the first time.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair, Nicola Legat, says the winners’ works stood out in a stellar list of finalists.

“This year’s winning books are testament to the sheer hard work and passion of their authors and a determination for excellence on the part of their publishers. These awards are vital to the health and progression of our literature. The Trust salutes this year’s winners, and sincerely thanks our sponsors and our outstanding judges,” says Ms Legat.

Auckland Writers Festival director, Anne O’Brien, says she cannot think of a better way to launch the six-day festival.

“Tonight we honour New Zealand’s best writers of the last eighteen months and their extraordinary works. As the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world, we are proud to present the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and to showcase this country’s literary heroes alongside their international peers,” says Ms O’Brien.

The Poetry, Illustrated Non-Fiction and General Non-Fiction category winners each took home a $10,000 prize.

This year’s four open category awards winners will appear at a free event at the Auckland Writers Festival: The Winners’ Podium, Friday 13 May 5.30pm in the Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre.

Four Best First Book Awards were also given at the event. One is a new prize – The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction — awarded to Richard Nunns for Te Ara Puoro: A Journey into the World of Māori Music by (Potton and Burton). Due to ill health, Richard Nunns was unable to attend; his daughters, Molly and Lucy Nunns, received the award on his behalf.

The other three Best First Book Awards were The Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry, presented to Chris Tse for How to Be Dead in the Year of Snakes (Auckland University Press); The Hubert Church Award for Fiction, presented to David Coventry for his debut novel The Invisible Mile (Victoria University Press), and The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction, presented to Melissa Matutina Williams for Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua (Bridget Williams Books).

Each Best First Book Award winner receives $2500.

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are supported by the Ockham Foundation, the Acorn Foundation, Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens Ltd.

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• Judges are available for interview
• Winning books are available for review
• Author images and book jacket images are available

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Editor’s Notes:

The New Zealand Book Awards are the country’s premier literary honours for works written by New Zealanders. First established in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards), they have also been known as the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Book Awards. The honours, now given for Fiction, Illustrated Non-fiction, General Non-Fiction and Poetry, as well as for Best First Book, are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (a registered charity).

Ockham Residential Limited is Auckland’s most progressive developer, founded in 2009 by Mark Todd and Ben Preston. They describe themselves as urban regenerators, who love Auckland, and who want to see Auckland’s urban built environment become as beautiful and as world class as its natural landscape. Their Ockham Foundation is a generous donor to schools and universities.

The Auckland Writers Festival is the largest literary event in New Zealand and the largest presenter of New Zealand literature in the world. Now in its 15th year, it hosts more than 150 writers from New Zealand and abroad over six days. Festival attendance increased 17 percent in 2015, to more than 62,000, following a 55 percent increase in 2014.

The Acorn Foundation is a community organisation based in the Western Bay of Plenty, which encourages people to leave a gift in their wills and/or their lifetimes, supporting their local community forever. Donations are pooled and invested, and the investment income is used to make donations to local charities, in accordance with the donors’ wishes. The capital remains intact. Since it was established in 2003, Acorn has distributed over $2.4million, and this year expects to distribute a further $500,000. It currently has invested funds of $13million. www.acornfoundation.org.nz, or www.nzcommunityfoundations.org.nz

Creative New Zealand is a Crown entity governed by the Arts Council. The council encourages, promotes and supports New Zealand arts to benefit all New Zealanders. It upholds the right to artistic freedom and promotes a New Zealand identity in the arts.

2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award judges are:

Fiction category: distinguished writer Owen Marshall CNZM, Wellington bookseller and reviewer Tilly Lloyd, and former Director of the Auckland Writers Festival and former Creative New Zealand senior literature adviser Jill Rawnsley.

Poetry category: former Auckland University Press publisher Elizabeth Caffin MNZM, Dr Paul Millar, of the University of Canterbury, and poet and University of Auckland academic Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh.

General Non-Fiction category: Metro Editor-At-Large Simon Wilson, Professor Lydia Wevers, literary historian, critic and director of the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and Dr Jarrod Gilbert, a former Book Awards winner for Patched: A History of Gangs in New Zealand, of the University of Canterbury.

Illustrated Non-Fiction category: former publisher Jane Connor, publisher of the magisterial The Trees of New Zealand, which won the Book of the Year award in 2012, Associate Professor Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland, and Leonie Hayden, the editor of Mana magazine.

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