November 09, 2017
Law high and lows in book awards
On the same day Teina Pora’s fight for fair compensation for his 20 years in jail was finally resolved, a book about his struggle topped the biography/ history section of Massey University’s Nga Kupu Ora Maori Books and Journalism awards.
In Dark Places: The confessions of Teina Pora and an ex-cop's fight for justice, written by Michael Bennett and published by Paul Little Books, is being adapted for the screen.
The new non-fiction politics category was won by Victoria University lecturer Carwyn Jones for his New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Maori Law.
Judges called it one of the most important written on Treaty policy and Maori law in the last thirty years.
The art section went to Negation Ellis’s A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of Ngati Porou Carving, while Brian and Robyn Bargh’s Stories on the Four Winds: Nga Hau e Wha won the creative writing award.
Renee Kahukura Iosefa was named Maori Journalist of the Year for her 2016 story on Maori Television’s Native Affairs show featuring then-New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd outing himself as a recovering racist, sparking a national debate on racism.
A lifetime achievement award went to journalist Wena Harawira, the first woman to work on TVNZ’s fledgling Maori news service alongside Whai Ngata in whose name this award is bestowed.
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