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Our mission is to champion the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.
We are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading because we know the difference this makes to young lives. OECD research shows reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success.
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BOOKS SHAPE THE WORLD
Books have always shaped the people who shape our world.
Armed with this insight, Colenso BBDO and the New Zealand Book Council joined forces to create a print and poster campaign that reminds people of the power of the written word with the goal of changing how digital natives view great pieces of literature in an online world.
Each of the three executions features the familiar library card and bares the signature of important and culturally significant individuals who’ve been influenced by that particular book.
“Our mission is to champion readers, writers, and books in New Zealand – and this campaign is going to help. We’re incredibly excited about this idea and as this is only the beginning of what we see its full potential to be,” said Catriona Ferguson, CEO of the New Zealand Book Council.
“Everyone that worked on this campaign is passionate about reading, and are thrilled to think some of that might rub off on people who aren’t” said Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman of Colenso BBDO.
In June 2015, Cannes Lions, the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry, recognised and awarded this year’s most exciting creative ideas across 16 categories, covering everything from traditional print and film communications to technology and product design.
Colenso BBDO in partnership with The New Zealand Book Council scooped three silver lions in the Outdoor category for their Book Shape the World campaign.
You can download the posters here.
Book Council News
The New Zealand Book Council is thrilled to announce esteemed writer Albert Wendt ONZ, CNZM as our new patron.
Born in Apia, Western Samoa, Albert has published a huge range of fiction and poetry, as well as theoretical writing. He is internationally recognised for fostering and promoting New Zealand and Pacific literature.
In 2012, Albert won the $60,000 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Fiction, and was honoured as a member of The Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013.
“I’ve loved reading and books all my life,” says Albert. “They’re at the centre of all that I am, and I can’t envisage a world without them.
“The New Zealand Book Council does marvellous work in encouraging, fostering, and promoting reading and books. I feel hugely privileged to have been asked by the Council to be its patron.”
“The New Zealand Book Council is honoured to have Albert Wendt as our patron,” said Board Chair Peter Biggs.
“Albert is one of New Zealand’s most renowned writers and, as a pioneering Pasifika writer in New Zealand, he has been the inspiration for our country’s wonderful flowering of Pasifika literary talent.
“He has opened up the Pasifika experience to all New Zealanders. Albert’s new role is a deepening of the Book Council’s commitment to Pasifika writers and readers.”
The New Zealand Book Council has been running the Writers in Schools programme for over 40 years. In that time, they’ve brought New Zealand writers and illustrators to one million students at over 10,000 events.
This year the Book Council expanded the programme to create The Ōtāhuhu Writers in Schools Project, an innovative collaboration between five Ōtāhuhu primary/intermediate schools, Reading Together (a Ministry of Education supported reading initiative), the Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero Ōtāhuhu Library, the National Library Services to Schools programme, and the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme.
Five low decile schools in Ōtāhuhu (South Auckland) hosted five diverse New Zealand writers in residence over terms three and four. They encouraged and inspired students to develop their creative writing talents and helped them to publish their work in a series of anthologies.
The final outcome of The Ōtāhuhu Writers in Schools Project is a publication created by each school featuring poems and short stories written by students during the workshops.
The participating writers were Lino Nelisi, Paula Green, Paula Morris, Vasanti Unka, and Grace Taylor.
“It is the first time that the Book Council has attempted something so ambitious, and it’s very exciting for us”, said NZ Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson.
“It was full of faces; the faces of children feeling absolute pride in what they had produced”, said New Zealand children’s poet Paula Green, who was the Writer in Residence at Fairburn School.
“What made the residency extra special was the Family Sharing Day where all classes shared plays and poems for parents and grandparents, including a spectacular performance of James K Baxter’s The Big Black Whale and one class’s ocean poems.”
The project was made possible by the generous support of the Rotary Club. Their funding enabled the initiative to develop into a more substantial programme than would have otherwise been possible.
The project will culminate in a celebratory book launch featuring participating students and their families at the Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero Ōtāhuhu Library on 19 November at 6pm.
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Submissions are now open for the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Publishers are invited to send in their books for consideration.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (merged from late 2015 with the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards) promote excellence in literature for children and young adults and provide recognition for the best books in six categories – plus Children’s Choice awards – published annually in New Zealand. The six categories are:
Young Adult Fiction
The awards are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and administered by the New Zealand Book Council.
First submission deadline
Friday 11 December 2015
(books published 1 April 2015 – 30 Nov 2015)
Second submission deadline
Friday 26 February 2016
(books published 1 Dec 2015 – 31 Mar 2016)
Tuesday 7 June 2016
Awards ceremony in Wellington
August 2016 (exact date TBC)
Details of the submission process, eligibility criteria and conditions of entry can be found here – http://bit.ly/1N779df.
For further information please contact the awards administrator on 04 801 5546 or email email@example.com
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