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‘Knockout’ short story collection wins country’s richest writing prize

Whanganui writer Airini Beautrais has won the $57,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her book Bug Week – the first person to take out the category for a collection of short stories in more than a decade.

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Shortly after 28 February 2020, when New Zealand reported its first case of COVID-19, Dr Johal received a call from the Government’s National Emergency Management Agency: “We need your help.”

An expert in emergency management and disaster psychology, Dr Johal’s expertise, accumulated over a 30-year career, was central in our world-leading response that saw COVID-19 stamped out in our communities.

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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.

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