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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
Fiona Mackie, Kathy Aloniu and Melinda Szymanik have been appointed as judges of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
The judging team 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, then a winner in each category.
Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau, Lawren Matrix, and Mereana Taungapeau have been appointed as judges for Te Kura Pounamu – the award that recognises and celebrates books written or translated into te reo Māori.
The supreme winner, drawn from the winners of the six categories, will be declared the 2016 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.
Between them the judges have huge experience of reading, enjoying and working with books for children and young adults.
“The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is delighted to have such excellent judges for the 2016 awards,” says its chair Nicola Legat. “These judges stand out as having remarkable experience and expertise across many aspects of children’s literature.”
The finalist authors in the awards will embark upon a nationwide author tour, in the week prior to the awards being announced at a ceremony to be held in Wellington in August.
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 (CLLNZ). They are also supported by the Fernyhough Education Foundation and 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 click here.
For further information please contact:
New Zealand Book Awards Trust
ph: 021 958 887
Judges Background Information - Additional information
Convenor of judges Fiona Mackie has 30 years’ experience across the education and libraries sectors, having worked as a teacher, a reference librarian, the Social Sciences Selector and the New Schools Advisor while at the National Library. She is a Past President of SLANZA — the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa — and is currently the teacher-librarian at Pinehurst College in Auckland.
Riki-Lee Saua (Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa, Tainui) is the Te Kura Pounamu Award Coordinator. Riki-Lee has worked in a number of Māori-specific roles at Auckland Libraries and Massey University Library. Currently she is a Subject Librarian at Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara, Auckland and is also a member of Te Rōpū Whakahau, the professional association for Māori who work in libraries, archives and information services.
Kathy Aloniu’s love of children’s literature comes from a rewarding 14 years spent as Manager of Children’s Services at the Invercargill Public Library. Kathy is currently City Team Leader at Dunedin Public Libraries and is an associate of the Libraries and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). In 2012 Kathy was part of the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards judging panel.
Melinda Szymanik is a highly regarded writer of children's fiction. Her books include Jack the Viking, The Were-Nana and A Winter's Day in 1939. Recipient of the University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children's Writer’s Residency in 2014, Melinda recently completed a Diploma in Children's Literature from the University of Canterbury.
Te Rangi Rangi Tangohau (Te Aitanga ā Hauiti, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tuhoe) is Principal Librarian Children’s Services at HB Williams Memorial Library, Gisborne. Te Rangi Rangi continues to ‘raise reading levels’ for kura kaupapa Māori children participating in the Kiki Taumata programme. The programme is conducted in te reo Māori and supported by senior students.
Lawren Matrix (Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Koura) is the Children’s Librarian at Te Matariki Clendon library in Auckland. Lawren is responsible for the provision of Māori-specific programming, story-time visits and other programmes designed for children and youth on behalf of Auckland Libraries. Lawren has strong connections with Māori and Pasifika community groups in the Clendon and the wider Auckland area.
Mereana Taungapeau (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai) is Heritage Programme Adviser, Māori, at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Mereana is involved in a number of outreach programmes responsible for connecting Māori children, youth and adults to library collections. Mereana has wide experience of delivering library outreach programmes for local kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori.
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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