October 14, 2012
Rich cloak for Maori book award finals
A book on Maori cloaks, a local history and a novel based on a visit to England by a group of Maori in the 1800s are among the category winners in this year’s Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards.
The supreme winner will be announced at next week’s awards ceremony at Massey University’s Te Putahi a Toi School of Maori studies in Palmerston North.
The arts category winner is Awhina Tamarapa Whata Kakahu: Maori Cloaks, published by Te Papa Press.
Marina Sciascia, Hilary Pedersen and Brian Morris won the history section for Matatoa: Fathers and Sons, part of a series of books about the Porangahau area of the Hawkes Bay.
Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins He Korero: Words Between Us, about the first Maori writings, was pick from the non-fiction books, and the fiction winner Paula Morris’s Rangatira.
Te Reo Maori winner is Heni Jacob’s Mai I te Kakano, and the lifetime achievement award will go to the late Dame Katerina Mataira.