October 19, 2015
High accolade for Dame Joan Metge
An anthropologist whose work has promoted cross-cultural awareness has won the non-fiction section of this year’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.
Dame Joan Metge will receive $60,000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature.
The other winners were playwright Roger Hall and poet Bernadette Hall.
Creative New Zealand chair Dick Grant said the recipients represent diverse, but also profoundly New Zealand perspectives.
The judges said Dame Joan Metge honours the imagery of Maori oral communication in her writing, bringing her non-fiction writing to life with the wisdom of whakatauki and the richness of metaphor.
Her clear voice has made her work readable and accessible; a model for those writing in her footsteps.
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