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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.

[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


Mobile: +64 21 721 424


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.


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.


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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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.