Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

In 2015 Ockham Residential, an Auckland urban development firm, was announced as the sponsor for the Awards which were previously known as the New Zealand Post Book Awards. The Awards are administered by the Auckland Writers Festival on behalf of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.

The winners (including of the four Best First Book awards) were announced at a ceremony in the Aotea Centre on Tuesday 16 May 2017, the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival. The overall winner receives $50,000. Winners of the three category awards each receive $10,000; the Māori Language Award $10,000; and each of the winners of the four Best First Book Awards, $2,500.

2017

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize

Cover of The Wish Child

Cover of Love as a stranger Cover of Billy Bird Cover of The name on the door is not mine

Poetry

Cover of Fits & starts

Cover of Fale Aitu: Spirit House Cover of Hera Lindsay Bird  Cover of This paper boat

Illustrated Non-fiction

Cover of A history of New Zealand women

Cover of Bloomsbury South Cover of New Zealand wine Cover of Ann Shelton: Dark matter

Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction

Cover of Can you tolerate this?

Cover of This model world Cover of My father's island Cover of Big smoke

Best first books

The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction

A Whakapapa of Tradition: 100 Years of Ngāti Porou Carving 1830-1930 Ngarino Ellis (Auckland University Press)

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The Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry

Hera Lindsay Bird Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press)

Cover of Hera Lindsay Bird

The Hubert Church Award for Fiction

Black Ice Matter Gina Cole (Huia Publishers)

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The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction

My Father’s Island Adam Dudding (Victoria University Press)

Cover of My father's island

2016

The winners (including the four Best First Book Awards) were announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 10 May 2016, at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival. The awards covered books published between 1 June 2014 and 21 December 2015. The overall winner received $50,000. Winners of the three category awards each received $10,000; the Māori Language Award $10,000; and each of the winners of the four Best First Book Awards, $2,500.

Fiction

Cover of Coming Rain Cover of The Back of His Head Cover of Chappy Cover of The Invisible Mile

Illustrated Non Fiction

Cover of Tangata WhenuaCover of Real Modern Cover of Te Ara Puoro Cover of New Zealand Photography Collected

General Non Fiction

Cover of Maori Boy Cover of Maurice Gee  Cover of The Villa at the Edge of Empire Cover of Lost and Gone Away

Poetry

Cover of The Conch Trumpet Cover of How to Be Dead in a Year of Snakes Cover of The Night We Ate the Baby Cover of Song of the Ghost in the Machine

Best first books

The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction

Te Ara Puoro: A Journey into the World of Māori Music Richard Nunns (Potton and Burton)

The Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry

How to Be Dead in a Year of Snakes Chris Tse (Auckland University Press)

The Hubert Church Award for Fiction

The Invisible Mile David Coventry (Victoria University Press)

The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction

Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Melissa Matutina Williams (Bridget Williams Books)

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History of the New Zealand Book Awards

Before 1996, there were two major New Zealand literary prizes. They merged in 1996 to form the Montana New Zealand Book awards.

The New Zealand Book Awards ran from 1976-1995.

The other major award from 1968-1993 was the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards (formerly the Wattie Book Awards).

Montana took over sponsorship in 1994 and the awards became the Montana Book Awards (1994-1995).

In 1996, the Montana Book Awards merged with the New Zealand Book Awards to become the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. The Montana New Zealand Book Awards ran from 1996-2009.

From 2010-2014 the Awards were sponsored by New Zealand Post. In 2015 Ockham assumed sponsorship of the Awards but no prizes were awarded that year.

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