Thursday, May 31, 2012

LIANZA Shortlist announced

New Zealand Hall of Fame and The Call of the Kokako have been shortlisted for the LIANZA awards! Both books were nominated for the Elsie Locke Medal (for Non-fiction).  Plus Heather's beautiful illustrations have been nominated in the Russell Clark Award.

I spoke to Heather Arnold just a while ago, and she was thrilled (as I am).  She thought it might be the first time that a book had been nominated for two awards.  Heather won the Elsie Locke Award for her Draw New Zealand Birds in 2008. She also illustrated Rangitoto, which was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2010.

I am sure Bruce Potter will be excited too.  He has illustrated over 100 children's books but this was the first time he had drawn caricatures.  He drew caricatures for years for newspaper companies all over the world.

The award ceremony will be held on Monday August 6th at Caffe L'affare in Wellington.

Congratulations to all the other finalists.

The LIANZA Children’s Book Award 2012 Finalists:

LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal

The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else, (GECKO Press)

The Peco Incident by Des Hunt, (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd)

The Wolf in the Wardrobe by Susan Brocker, (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd)

Super Finn by Leonie Agnew, (Scholastic) Leonie teaches at Sancta Maria Catholic Primary school in Manukau.

The Flytrap Snaps; Book One in The Fly Papers by Johanna Knox, (The Hinterland Press Ltd) Johanna published this book with her partner, designer Walter Moala.

LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award

The Shattering by Karen Healey, (Allen & Unwin)

Pyre of Queens by David Hair, (Penguin NZ) David was inspired to write this fantasy novel by the time he spent living in India. He writes around his work in financial services.

Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale, (Random House New Zealand)

The Bridge by Jane Higgins, (The Text Publishing Co Australia)

Recon Team Angel: Assault by Brian Falkner, (Walker Books Australia)

LIANZA Illustration Award - Russell Clark Award

Rāhui (Māori  ed) by Chris Szekely and Malcolm Ross, (Huia) Chris is Chief Librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He worked with Malcolm Ross (now deceased) 20 years ago in the School Services department of the National Library. The book is based on their memories of holidays at the beach with whānau.

The Call of the Kokako by Maria Gill and Heather Arnold, (New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd)

Fantails Quilt by Gay Hay and Margaret Tolland, (Page Break Ltd)

Bruiser by Gavin Bishop, (Random House New Zealand)

Marmaduke Duck and Bernadette Bear by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis, (Scholastic)

Waiting for Later by Tina Matthews, (Walker Books Australia)

LIANZA Non Fiction Award – Elsie Locke Medal

Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young & Curious by David Veart, (Auckland University Press)

Nice Day for a War by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott, (HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd) Chris Slane is a cartoonist. Matt Elliott is a comedian, historian and biographer.

The Call of the Kokako by Maria Gill and Heather Arnold, (New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd)

New Zealand Hall of Fame: 50 Remarkable Kiwis by Maria Gill and Bruce Potter, (New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd)

Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)

Rāhui (Māori ed) by Chris Szekely and Malcolm Ross, translated by Brian Morris (Huia)

Te Poiwhana by Te Kauhoe Wano and Andrew Burdan, (Huia)

Ihenga by Aunty Bea – Piatarihi Tui Yates and Katherine Quin Merewether, (Ihenga Charitable Trust)

Kei Wareware Tātou by Feana Tu’akoi and Elspeth Alix Batt, translated by Katerina Mataira, (Scholastic) Katerina was a writer, artist and academic. She was created Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for her services to Māori language. She died later that year. Katerina has been a finalist nearly every year since this award began.

Nga Taniwha i Te-Whanga-nui-a-Tara by Moira Wairama and Bruce Potter, (Penguin NZ) Moira is a storyteller who loves to bring Māori legends to life. This myth was first told to her by Tipene O’Regan over 30 years ago. She was inspired to get it published after her audiences kept asking where they could read it for themselves.

The LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2012 are supported by, Caffe L’affare and The Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie, Wellington.

For further information, images, or to arrange an interview with the judges or shortlisted authors and illustrators, please contact:

Wendy  Walker, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ph 04 801 5542  04 801 5542

Read more about the LIANZA Children's Book Awards


  1. Hi Maria and big congratulations to you (and Heather, and Bruce) for being shortlisted for the LIANZA awards in two categories! And for two books! That is really remarkable and a well deserved success. I hope you are all celebrating!
    best wishes
    Pippa Werry

  2. Hi Pippa, Thanks for that - we are all thrilled. Fingers crossed for the award ceremony.

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