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 15 May 2018, 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.

2018

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize

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The New Animals Pip Adam (Victoria University Press) Winner
Salt Picnic Patrick Evans (Victoria University Press)
Sodden Downstream Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)
Baby Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press)

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Poetry Award

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Night Horse Elizabeth Smither (Auckland University Press) Winner
Anchor Stone Tony Beyer (Cold Hub Press)
Rāwāhi Briar Wood (Anahera Press)
The Yield Sue Wootton (Otago University Press)

  

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins (Bridget Williams Books) Winner
Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History Philip Simpson (Auckland University Press)
Gordon Walters: New Vision Zara Stanhope (commissioning editor), Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons, Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula Jonathan West (Otago University Press)

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Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non Fiction

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Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father Diana Wichtel (Awa Press) Winner 
Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 Michael Belgrave (Auckland University Press)
Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds Anne Salmond (Auckland University Press)
Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir Tom Scott (Allen & Unwin NZ)
Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father Diana Wichtel (Awa Press)

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Best first books

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

Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood (Whio Publishing)

The Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry

Fully Clothed and So Forgetful Hannah Mettner (Victoria University Press)

The Hubert Church Award for Fiction

Baby Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press)

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The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction

Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father Diana Wichtel (Awa Press)

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2017

Ockham NZ Book Awards: Catherine Chidgey, Victoria University Press the big winners Stuff, 16 May 2017

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize

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Illustrated Non-fiction

Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction

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)

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)

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

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Illustrated Non Fiction

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General Non Fiction

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Poetry

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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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