September 25, 2023
Māori titles sweep book design awards
Books grounded in te ao Māori made up the bulk of titles singled out for recognition in this year’s Publishers Association of New Zealand Book Design Awards.
The best book award went to Nigel Borrell’s Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, designed by Tyrone Ohia, with layout by Katrina Duncan.
The book features more than 200 artworks by 110 Māori artists, which were included in a blockbuster exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
The Upstart Press Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book went to A Fire in the Belly of Hineāmaru: A Collection of Narratives about Te Tai Tokerau Tūpuna by Melinda Webber and Te Kapua O’Connor, and its te reo Maori translation by Quinton Hita, Ka Ngangana Tonu a Hineāmaru: He Kōrero Tuku Iho nō Te Tai Tokerau.
The books were designed by Duncan Munro, with cover art by Shane Cotton.
Te Wehenga: The separation of Ranginui and Papatūānuku by Mat Tait, designed by Mat Tait with Megan van Staden, won the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book.
The Allen & Unwin Award for Best Commercial Book for Adults went to Wawata – Moon Dreaming by Dr. Hinemoa Elder, designed by Cat Taylor.
The best cover award went to Coco Solid’s How to Loiter in a Turf War: A Novel, designed by Carla Sy with a cover illustration by Coco Solid.