A Whakapapa of Tradition wins at Ockhams

17 May 2017

Auckland University Press books shined in the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist, and come awards night we were not disappointed. A Whakapapa of Tradition: 100 Years of Ngāti Porou Carving, 1830–1930 by Ngarino Ellis and photographed by Natalie Robertson, won the Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction.

Auckland University Press director Sam Elworthy said,


‘The Auckland University Press team is enormously proud of Ngarino and Natalie’s best first book win for A Whakapapa of Tradition. It’s work that embodies so many values that really matter and that we embrace – a commitment to long term research, a deep engagement with Māori tradition and history and the power of images and text working together. We congratulate author and photographer.’


Many Press authors featured prominently in the awards, with four of our books shortlisted including Emeritus Professor Warren Moran’s New Zealand Wine: The Land, the Vines, The People and Peter Simpson’s Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953, both nominated for the Illustrated Non-Fiction category.


It was a night of debuts for the Press as along with Ngarino’s book, we were thrilled with the nominations of two of our newest authors. Anthony Byrt’s debut This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art was nominated in the General Non-Fiction category and Gregory Kan was shortlisted in the Poetry category for his debut collection, This Paper Boat.


We congratulate all of the winners and their publishers on the night, most especially Ngarino Ellis and Natalie Robertson – well done to you all!


Complete list of Ockham winners here.