The New Zealand Book Council is our country’s national organisation dedicated to reading and readers.
We are a not for profit organisation dedicated to building a strong reading culture in New Zealand, because reading changes lives. Our vision is a thriving New Zealand that benefits from the social, economic and health outcomes offered by reading for pleasure. We value inclusivity, accessibility, and openness.
We build a strong reading culture within New Zealand every day through the following activities:
ANNUAL SCHOOLS' COMMUNITY PROJECT
2015 was our inaugural annual schools community project, the Ōtāhuhu Writers in Schools Residency Programme.
- Five South Auckland schools
- Five Kiwi writers
- Seven student-published anthologies
- One huge community celebration at the Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero Ōtāhuhu Library with friends and whanau.
Plans are already underway for our 2016 project!
WRITERS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
In 2015 we connected 200+ NZ writers with 40,000 students at 400 events throughout the country. Read more about the programme here.
True Stories Told Live
Our contemporary twist on the ancient art of storytelling – we had four events in 2015 involving 20 NZ storytellers and 600 happy listeners.
Speed Date an Author
We ran six events throughout the country in 2015 involving 28 NZ writers, 53 schools, and 400 students. Watch here.
Words on Wheels
Our popular touring event. In 2015 we took five fabulous NZ writers through Wanaka and the surrounding area over five days, delivering to more than 1,000 people throughout the region, including students from 12 local schools.
NZBC annual lecture and publication
Last year Witi Ihimaera addressed 300 people at the Dunedin Writers Festival with his lecture Where is New Zealand Literature Heading? We published 750 copies of the lecture for our members, patrons and donors.
Partnership events and campaigns with the literature sector
2016 partnerships include:
- The Great Kiwi Classic with Auckland Writers Festival
- Matariki Mash with Wellington City Libraries
- Good to the power of e with LIANZA, CORE Education, National Library
- Justin Cronin Wellington event with Hachette NZ and Unity Books
- Murder in the Library events with the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
- Events with WORD Christchurch
- SchoolFest with the NZ Festival
ADVOCACY PROGRAMMES AND CAMPAIGNS
Because Reading Changes Lives advocacy programme with social justice entrepreneur Miranda McKearney.
Books Shape the World poster campaign.
We received almost 250,000 page visits in 2015. Our website includes:
- NZ Writers Files: the most comprehensive collection of information about New Zealand writers on the web! 600+ files, which are regularly updated.
- The most comprehensive and current info about the NZ book scene: New Zealand awards, residencies, grants, and their past recipients; advice on how to get published; New Zealand writing courses; New Zealand literary festivals; a list of online journals, literary publications and other book links.
- The School Library: 5,500 visits to our children’s books review blog in 2015 – over 100 reviews by our school librarian members.
- Reading group noticeboard: connecting readers with other booklovers in their region. We have several new posts a week!
Our vibrant online publishing hub, which includes feature articles, podcasts, book recommendations, as well as a news blog that is updated daily with NZ literary news, events and opportunities. We received almost 85,000 pages views in 2015.
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Book Council News
Librarian Pam Jones, educationalist Trish Brooking, authors Rachael King and Ben Brown, and reviewer Sarah Forster have been appointed judges of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The awards open for entry today.
The judging team — expanded from the three of previous years — will deliberate over an expected 150 entries in five categories: Picture Book, Illustration, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Young Adult Fiction. They will select five finalists, a winner in each category and then the overall winner, the Margaret Mahy Award for Book of the Year.
In addition, Riki-Lee Saua, Anahera Morehu, Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau and Rongo Waerea have been appointed as judges for Te Kura Pounamu – the award that recognises and celebrates books written or translated into te reo Māori. This category winner is also eligible for consideration for Book of the Year.
“This year the New Zealand Book Awards Trust took the strategic decision to increase the number of judges to further strengthen the integrity and excellence of the judging process,” says its chair Nicola Legat. “We are delighted to have such excellent judges for the 2017 awards. They all have huge experience of working across many aspects of children’s literature.”
The finalists will be announced on June 8, and the winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Wellington in August. In the week leading up to the awards announcement, finalists will take part in a series of events around New Zealand.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is sponsored by Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, Book Tokens Ltd and Copyright Licensing Limited New Zealand (CLNZ). They are also supported by Nielsen BookData. The awards are administered for the New Zealand Book Awards Trust by the New Zealand Book Council.
To find out more about the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, please visit their website.
For further information pleasecontact: Nicola Legat, Chair, New Zealand Book Awards Trust, email@example.com
ph: 021 958887
Convenor of judges Pam Jones is the South Taranaki District Children’s and Young Adult librarian. She was a judge of the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards from 2013-2015 and she coordinates the annual Taranaki Secondary School Literary Challenge and the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards. She is both a registered and an associate member of LIANZA (Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa).
Trish Brooking has an MA in Children’s Literature from Deakin University and teaches at the University of Otago College of Education, where she lectures in Curriculum and Professional Studies at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Trish specialises in Children’s Literature, and in 2015 she received the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for Services to Children’s Literature. Her current research interest focuses on literature that promotes empathy and validates the experiences of child refugees.
Ben Brown lives in Lyttelton and has been writing children’s books for 25 years. He also writes for adults. Ben has been shortlisted for awards in the Ngā Kupu Ora and LIANZA Russell Clark Award categories, and in 2006 he and Helen Taylor won Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for A Booming in the Night.
Sarah Forster has been involved in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for a decade. She currently works at Booksellers NZ as its media and communications manager, and prior to that ran the New Zealand Book Council’s education programmes. She has been reviewing books for children and young adults for many years, most recently on The Spinoff and the Booksellers NZ blog. She has also been part of the team for Wellington’s Storylines Family Day.
Rachael King is the author of two novels for adults and one for children: The Sound of Butterflies (2006), which was translated into eight languages and won the NZSA/Hubert Church award for best first book (fiction) at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards; Magpie Hall (2009), which was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award; and Red Rocks (2012), which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and won the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal. She is currently Literary Director of the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival.
Te Kura Pounamu Award convenor Riki-Lee Saua (Tainui, Ngāpuhi) is the Kaitiaki Māori Librarian for Māori studies at the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. Working in libraries for over seven years, her previous roles have included working alongside Māori at Auckland Libraries, Massey University and Manukau Institute of Technology. Riki-Lee is also a member of both LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau, the organisation uniting Māori and information specialists in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is Riki-Lee’s third year as the Te Kura Pounamu convenor and she thoroughly enjoys this work.
Anahera Morehu (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa) works as Library Manager Arts, Māori and Pasifika Services at the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. Her role includes advancing the development of Māori and Pacific content; academic information literacy integration and the provision of research and learning support to Māori, Pacific and research clients. An active contributor to librarianship in Aotearoa, Anahera sits on both the LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau national councils. She is a proud grandmother of two, one of whom attends the local puna reo. The other is a newborn baby surrounded by te reo Māori in their reo-speaking home.
Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau (Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngai Tūhoe) is the Principal Librarian Children’s and Young Adult Services at HB Williams Memorial Library, Gisborne. Te Rangi Rangi is proud to be involved with these awards and says “in judging Te Kura Pounamu we are defining what stories librarians value and signify in this moment as worthy of the award and this will set the standard for future authors and illustrators. It is so important to publish quality te reo materials for children. Through consistent basic language repetition children are able to build vocabulary, recognition and sentence structure”.
Ko Moumoukai te maunga
Ko Waitirohia te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Manutai te marae
Ko Ngāti Rakaipaaka te hapū
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Rongo Waerea currently works as Māori Services Librarian at Otara Library in Auckland, providing specialist support and knowledge regarding Māori resources to those researching whakapapa or any other kaupapa Māori. Rongo loves books and the art of sharing information and thoroughly enjoys her work, saying “My role in Maori Services allows me to ensure that our hapori whānui get the best rauemi Māori that Auckland Libraries has to offer.”
The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlist, announced today, celebrates an impressive range of books by both established and emerging authors.
Forty titles have made the coveted and highly competitive longlist; ten in each of the four Awards categories – Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), Illustrated Non-Fiction, General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction) and Poetry. The books were selected by four panels of specialist judges and were drawn from 150 entries.
“The awards received a large number of entries again this year and the standard was very high across all categories,” says New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat. “That shows that this country’s publishing, and indeed its literature, is in rude good health. If you are in any doubt about what you might read over summer, these 40 fine books are the place to start.”
The Trust is also celebrating a partnership with a new funder, the Royal Society of New Zealand, which will fund the General Non-Fiction award. “The New Zealand Book Awards Trust values the funding support the awards have received from Ockham and the Acorn Foundation,” says Trust chair Nicola Legat. “These two funders, along with Creative New Zealand, absolutely understand the role of our national literature in sustaining and extending thinking about national issues, and in supporting the writing careers and creativity of our best writers.
“The Royal Society of New Zealand’s decision to fund the General Non-Fiction prize reflects its multi-disciplinary coverage of science, technology and the humanities. We now have four supporters of similar passion, commitment and gravitas. We are delighted and honoured to have the Society’s investment in great New Zealand writing.”
The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted titles, in alphabetical order by author, are:
FICTION (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize)
The Wish Child by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press)
A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)
My Mother and the Hungarians by Frankie McMillan (Canterbury University Press)
Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall (Penguin Random House)
Tail of the Taniwha by Courtney Sina Meredith (Beatnik Publishing)
Billy Bird by Emma Neale (Penguin Random House)
Deleted Scenes for Lovers by Tracey Slaughter (Victoria University Press)
The Name on the Dooris Not Mine by C.K. Stead (Allen & Unwin)
Dad Art by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press)
Strip by Sue Wootton (Makaro Press)
Islands: A New Zealand Journey by Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher (Penguin Random House)
A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes (Bridget Williams Books)
A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of Ngati Porou Carving 1830-1930 by Ngarino Ellis with Natalie Robertson (Auckland University Press)
101 Works of Art by Ken Hall, Jenny Harper, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Lara Strongman, Peter Vangioni (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu)
Mansfield and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Sarah Laing (Victoria University Press)
New Zealand Wine; The Land, the Vines, the People by Warren Moran (Auckland University Press)
Futuna: Life of a Building by Gregory O’Brien (Victoria University Press)
A Beautiful Hesitation by Fiona Pardington (Victoria University Press)
Dark Matter by Ann Shelton (Auckland University Press)
Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953 by Peter Simpson (Auckland University Press)
GENERAL NON- FICTION (Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction)
Goneville: A memoir by Nick Bollinger (Awa Press)
This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art by Anthony Byrt (Auckland University Press)
My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding (Victoria University Press)
New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history by Catherine Knight (Canterbury University Press)
The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39 by Malcolm McKinnon (Otago University Press)
The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 by Vincent O’Malley (Bridget Williams Books)
The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 by Ben Schrader (Bridget Williams Books)
The World, the Flesh and the Devil; The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838 by Andrew Sharp (Auckland University Press)
Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story by Helene Wong (Bridget Williams Books)
Can You Tolerate This? By Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press)
Back with the Human Condition by Nick Ascroft (Victoria University Press)
Fale Aitu/Spirit House by Tusiata Avia (Victoria University Press)
Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press)
In the Supplementary Garden: New and Selected Poems by Diana Bridge (Cold Hub Press)
Thought Horses by Rachel Bush (Victoria University Press)
As the Verb Tenses by Lynley Edmeades (Otago University Press)
Fits & Starts by Andrew Johnston (Victoria University Press)
This Paper Boat by Gregory Kan (Auckland University Press)
And So It Is by Vincent O’Sullivan (Victoria University Press)
Beside Herself by Chris Price (Auckland University Press)
The judges will announce their shortlist on March 07, 2017. The winners will be announced on May 16 2017, at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival.
Investigation into New Zealanders’ reading habits has revealed that borrowing of fiction in Christchurch spiked after the 2011 and 2012 earthquakes because of an increased need for escapism in the quake-stricken city.
This is just one of the insights into Kiwi reading habits in the New Zealand Book Council’s new Report on Reader Attitudes and Behaviours. Other issues probed by the report’s researchers included:
- why sales of local fiction trail far behind local non-fiction
- which genres Kiwis read most
- where we get our book recommendations
- whether the ebook is actually a threat to the printed book
“Younger readers bought a surprisingly large number of books; the owning of a physical object was attractive to them. They shopped at second-hand shops and online, via Book Depository, Fishpond and Trade Me, looking for bargains.”
“The Christchurch librarian said there had been a marked increase in fiction borrowing after the quakes – ‘people wanted escapism more than ever’”
“None of the younger readers liked e-readers – all preferred physical books. The main reason was, ‘we have so much screen time with other things, it’s nice to have a break’.
“[If] people do not, deep down, believe New Zealand fiction is enjoyable, then we may have a key part of our explanation as to why consumption of New Zealand fiction is comparatively low.”
BACKGROUND TO THE REPORT
The report, based on interviews with focus groups around the country, is authored by Dr Paula Morris and Catherine Robertson.
It is available to download here. It is the first phase of an ongoing research project the Book Council is undertaking in order to support the sales and readership of New Zealand books.
The Book Council will use the insights from this research to enhance its existing strategies for increasing the number of lifelong readers for pleasure, and for encouraging greater consumption of New Zealand fiction. It will also share the findings with the wider industry, including publishers, booksellers and media.
THE NEW ZEALAND BOOK COUNCIL / TE KAUNIHERA PUKAPUKA O AOTEAROA
The Book Council is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building a strong reading culture in New Zealand, because reading changes lives. Our vision is a thriving New Zealand that benefits from the social, economic and health outcomes offered by reading for pleasure.
Read the full report here.
can books change the world?
Celebrate the opening night of WORD Christchurch with a session that embraces the ‘planet and its people’ theme by looking at the impact literature can have on a world in turmoil.
What responsibilities, if any, do writers have to engage with the issues that trouble us? Can fiction and poetry make a difference in people’s lives?
Gotta pun ‘em all: NZ books with Pokémon
New Zealand millennials have gone poké-mad with the release of Pokémon GO. It’s a free smartphone app that uses your GPS to show you the Pokémon that are always around you in the real world.
The clever team at Bookriot poké-punned some classic books, so we’ve added our favourite New Zealand poké-books to the mix.
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