Maori writers lead in 2012 NZ Post Book Awards

The New Zealand Post Book Awards is one of the most important literary awards in this country; it celebrates excellence, identifying the very best books written by New Zealanders.
New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas has taken the highest honor winning this year’s New Zealand Post Book of the Year. It also won the illustrated nonfiction
This title has been described as “a once-in-a-generation example of excellence in publishing.” ‘From the detailed and authoritative research, accessible and comprehensive writing, detailed yet expansive photography, near flawless editing, design and layout, this is a quality book from start to finish”
The winner of the Fiction category is:
“The historical novel which is based on Morris’ tupuna (ancestor), Paratene Te Manu’s 1863 visit to England”
The best book in the Poetry category went to Shift by RhianGallagher
New Zealand Post Book Awards judge’s convenor, Chris Bourke commented that Rhian Gallagher’s collection was an example of lyrical poetry at its very best.
“The poems offer elegance, mysteriousness, musical harmonies, satisfying quietness and subtle emotions. Sounds and themes stitch the collection with an assured and unifying touch. You fall upon little autobiographical traces in the shadows, traces that are both moving and intense.”
In the General nonfiction category,  
 “Tupaia’s richly detailed drawings and paintings are a precious legacy and are stunningly reproduced in a book which will intrigue and inspire. Everything about Tupaia reflects Druett’s careful research and passion for her subject.
“With this book, Chris Winitana takes us on the adventure of a lifetime. For 40 years, M?ori have fought to revitalise their language. This is their story.”
And the much-coveted People’s Choice Award has been given to
This collection of vivid, accessible, contemporary stories can be read purely for the immense pleasure they offer.