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Montana New Zealand Book Awards

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

Organised and administrated by Booksellers New Zealand, the trade association for booksellers and publishers, The Montana New Zealand Book Awards were awarded until 2009. In 2010, the awards had a change of sponsor and are now the NZ Post Book Awards.

The winner in each category received $5000. Each category winner was then eligible for the Montana Medal for Non-fiction or the Montana Medal for Poetry or Fiction, both of which have a $10,000 prize. The runners-up in the fiction category received $2500. The Readers’ Choice Award carried a prize of $1000.

2009 winners

(see also 2009 finalists)

Readers’ Choice Award

Fiction winner and winner of Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry

Runners up

Poetry

Biography and winner of Montana Medal for Non-Fiction

Environment

History

Illustrative

Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture

Reference & Anthology

Te Reo Māori

New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards winners:

Fiction

Poetry

Non-Fiction

10pm questionNovel about my wifeAcid SongRocky ShoreRita AngusA continent on the moveBuying the landLen CastleLadies, a plateCK SteadHe pataka kupuThe RehearsalEverything talksMates and lovers

2008

Life WetlandsOpportunity Edwin

Te Tau Bill HammondMau Moko Cold Snack

A nest of singing birdsBlueThe Great sacred forestIncognito

2007

Douglas Lilburn Eagle's complete trees and shrubs Vaka Moana Mister Pip Cowboy Dog Fainter StitchSecret HeartFurnitureThe Sound of Butterflies

2006

Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry and Fiction category winner Blindsight Maurice Gee (Penguin Books)

Blindsight by Maurice Gee and The Captive Wife by Fiona Kidman were joint winner of the Readers' Choice Award.

Fiction

BlindsightBlindsight Winner
Maurice Gee (Penguin Books)
The Captive Wife Runner up
Fiona Kidman (Vintage)
Responsibility Runner up
Nigel Cox (Victoria University Press)
Dreamhunter
Elizabeth Knox (Fourth Estate)
Watch of Gryphons and other stories
Owen Marshall (Vintage)

More about the Fiction finalists

Poetry

Lifted Winner
Bill Manhire (Victoria University Press)
Footfall
Brian Turner (Godwit)
The Time of the Giants
Anne Kennedy (Auckland University Press)

More about the Poetry finalists

Biography

Dingle CoverDingle Winner
Graeme Dingle (Craig Potton Publishing)
Charles Fleming: Environmental Patriot
Mary McEwen (Craig Potton Publishing)
Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life
Alexa Johnston (Viking)

More about the Biography finalists

History

Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s - 1950s Winner
Rosemary McLeod (HarperCollins Publishers)
Black November: The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand
Geoffrey W Rice (Canterbury University Press)
We Call it Home: A History of State Housing in New Zealand
Ben Schrader ( Reed Publishing)

More about the History finalists

Illustrative

CoverContemporary New Zealand Photographers Winner
Edited by Hannah Holm & Lara Strongman (Mountain View Publishing)
Faithfully Mozart: The Fantastical World of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Donovan Bixley (Hodder)
Jeffrey Harris
Justin Paton (Victoria University Press / Dunedin Public Art Gallery)

More about the Illustrative finalists

Environment

Pōhutukawa & Rātā: New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees Winner
Philip Simpson (Te Papa Press)
New Zealand Birds in Focus: A Photographer's Journey
Geoff Moon (Reed Publishing)
Swimming with Orca
Ingrid N Visser (Penguin Books)

More about the Environment finalists

Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture

CoverHow to Look at a Painting Winner
Justin Paton (Awa Press)
The Art of Māori Weaving: The Eternal Thread / Te Aho Mutunga Kore
Miriama Evans & Ranui Ngarimu (Huia Publishers)
I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression
Matthew Johnstone (Pan Macmillan Australia)

More about the Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture finalists

Reference & Anthology

Great Sporting Moments: The best of Sport magazine 1988 - 2004 Winner
Edited by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press)
The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand
Roger Smith / GeographX (Craig Potton Publishing)
The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape
Edited by James Brown, Photographs by Craig Potton (Craig Potton Publishing)
More about the Reference and Anthology finalists

2005

Best first book awards:

  • New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction
    Julian Novitz, My Real Life and Other Stories (Vintage)
  • New Zealand Society of Authors Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry
    Sonja Yelich, Clung (Auckland University Press)
  • The New Zealand Society of Authors E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction
    Douglas Wright, Ghost Dance (Penguin Books)

Reviewer and review page or programme awards:

  • Best Review Page or Programme
    North & South magazine
  • Reviewer of the Year
    Wellington writer Tony Simpson

2004

  • Best Review Page or Programme - The Listener
  • Reviewer of the Year - Michael King
  • A.W. Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature - Joy Cowley

New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Readers’ Choice Award
The vintner's luck Elizabeth Knox
Montana Medal for Non-Fiction
The loving stitch: a history of knitting and spinning in New Zealand Heather Nicholson
Deutz Medal for Fiction
The vintner’s luck Elizabeth Knox
Poetry
Seeing you asked Vincent O'Sullivan
History and Biography
Under the bridge and over the moon: a memoir Kevin Ireland
Natural heritage
The natural world of New Zealand Gerard Hutching
Leisure and lifestyle
The loving stitch: a history of knitting and spinning in New Zealand Heather Nicholson
Illustrative arts
100 New Zealand craft artists Helen Schamroth
Best First Book for Fiction
Alpha male William Brandt
Best First Book for Poetry
Unfamiliar legends of the stars Kate Camp
Best First Book for Nonfiction
100 New Zealand craft artists Helen Schamroth

1998

Readers' Choice Award
New Zealand historical atlas edited by Malcolm McKinnon
Montana Medal for Non-fiction
Dictionary of New Zealand English Harry Orsman
Deutz Medal for Fiction
Live bodies Maurice Gee
Poetry
Shape-shifter Hone Tuwhare
History and Biography
Dictionary of New Zealand English Harry Orsman
Natural Heritage
Pick of the bunch: New Zealand wildflowers Peter Johnson
Leisure and lifestyle
Complete New Zealand fisherman: saltwater and freshwater fishing Geoff Thomas
Illustrative Arts
Goldie Roger Blackley
Best First Book for Fiction
In a fishbone church Catherine Chidgey
Best First Book of Poetry
All roads lead to the sea Kapka Kassabova
Best First Book for Non-fiction
Olives : the new passion: growing and using olives in New Zealand Genevieve Noser

1997

Book of the Year
The story of Suzanne Aubert Jessie Munro
Poetry
An anthology of New Zealand poetry in English edited Jenny Bornholdt, Gregory O'Brien and Mark Williams
Fiction
What becomes of the broken hearted? Alan Duff
Cultural Heritage
The Story of Suzanne Aubert Jessie Munro
Natural Heritage
New Zealand coast and mountain plants: their communities and lifestyles John Dawson and Rob Lucas
Leisure and Lifestyle
The Wines and vineyards of New Zealand Michael Cooper; photographed by John McDermott
Illustrative Arts
Mataora: the living face: contemporary Māori art general editors Sandy Adsett and Cliff Whiting; edited by Witi Ihimaera
Honour Award
Dove on the waters Maurice Shadbolt (Fiction) and Dedications J. C. Sturm (Poetry)
Hubert Church Best First Book for Fiction
Finding home Dominic Sheehan
Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry
Before the divorce we go to Disneyland Diane Brown
E. H. McCormick Best First Book for Non-Fiction
The story of Suzanne Aubert Jessie Munro

1996

Book of the Year
Redemption songs - A life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turiki Judith Binney
Poetry
My sunshine Bill Manhire
Fiction
Zoology Sheridan Keith
Illustrative Arts
Gold and silversmithing in 19th Century New Zealand Winsome Shepherd
Natural Heritage
Wild Dunedin Neville Peat and Brian Patrick
Cultural Heritage
Redemption songs - a life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turiki Judith Binney
Leisure and lifestyle
Cook! Michael Lee-Richards
Best first book, Poetry
Go round power please James Brown
Best first book, Fiction
Not her real name Emily Perkins
Best first book, Cultural Heritage
Salmond, southern jurist Alex Frame
Honour Award
Nga iwi o Tainui Pei Te Hurinui Jones, edited and translated by Bruce Biggs

About New Zealand Literary Prizes

Before 1996, there were two major New Zealand literary prizes. They merged in 1996 to form the Montana New Zealand Book awards.

The New Zealand Book Awards ran from 1976 to 1995.

The other major award from 1968-1993 was the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards (when the Wattie's company merged with Goodman Fielder, the Wattie book awards became the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book awards).

Montana took over sponsorship in 1994 and the awards became the Montana Book Awards (1994-1995).

In 1996, the Montana Book Awards merged with the New Zealand Book Awards to become the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.