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2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists were announced for the New Zealand Post Book Awards on Wednesday and are as follows


  • The Bright Side of my Condition by Charlotte Randall
  • The Last Days of the National Costume by Anne Kennedy
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Max Gate by Damien Wilkins


  • Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes
  • Heartland by Michele Leggott
  • Horse with Hat by Marty Smith
  • Us, then by Vincent O'Sullivan

Illustrated Non-fiction

  • Coast: A New Zealand journey by Bruce Ansley & Jane Usher
  • Greer Twiss: Sculptor by Greer Twiss, Dr Robin Woodward & Haru Sameshima
  • New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919 by Damien Fenton
  • Promoting Prosperity: The art of early New Zealnd advertising by Peter Alsop

General Non-fiction

  • A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones
  • Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer by Jill Trevelyan
  • The Mighty Totara: The life and times of Norman Kirk by David Grant
  • Tragedy at Pike River Mine by Rebecca Macfie

Nielsen Booksellers' Choice

  • Beyond the State: New Zealand state houses from modest to modern by Bill McKay, Andrea Stevens & Simon Devitt
  • Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand's largest high-country station by Harry Broad & Rob Suisted
  • The Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on August 27

You can find more information on the awards here


Whitcoulls Top 100 for 2014

Whitcoulls have just released their Top 100 List for 2014 as voted by New Zealanders. This years list marks a milestone as Eleanor Catton with her prize winning book The Luminaries made it to number six on the list- the first time a New Zealand author has made it into the top 10. This is a great achievement especially when considering that 70 percent of the list stayed unchanged with the majority of old favourites hanging in there. There was also an increase in the popularity of young adult novels in this years list as more adults are reading young adult books due in some part to the popularity of books such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series which have also been made into movies- giving them a seemingly instant increase in popularity. This is true for number one and two on the list; The Fault in our Stars by John Green and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which have both recently been made into movies giving them greater exposure. If you want to get your hands on some of Whitcoulls Top 100 come and check out the selection which we have in our libraries or have a look on our catalogue

School Holidays

It's school holidays AND it's winter which means it is a great time to pay a visit to the library.

Come on in from the cold and check out our fantastic range of children's fiction and non-fiction, there's no better time to get stuck into a good book than in front of the fire (heat pump) on a cold winters day! A reminder also that there is no toddler time on during the school holidays and this will resume on Tuesday 22 in Matamata and Te Aroha and on Wednesday 23 in Morrinsville- we look forward to seeing you there.

Short Story Competition

It's time to get those thinking caps on and let your creativity flow.

The Sunday Star-Times is holding its annual short story competition with entries opening soon. This particular completition has helped launch the careers of some of our best known authors such as Eleanor Catton. If you are a budding writer and think you have a winning idea for a story why not give it a go.

There are three divisions this year which are:

  • Open division (3000 word limit)
  • Secondary school division (3000 word limit)
  • Non fiction essay- no age restrictions (1000-1200 word limit)

Entries open on August 4- look out for more information in the Sunday Star-Times

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Winners of 2014 announced!

Kia ora,

The winners were announced and they are;

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category;

The boring book by Vasanti Unka - (lives in the picture book section of Te Aroha library)

Best Non-Fiction;

The Beginner's guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson - (lives in the adult non-fiction section of all three libraries)

Junior Fiction;

Dunger by Joy Cowley - (lives in the chapter book section of all three libraries)

Best Young Adult Fiction;

Mortal fire by Elizabeth Knox - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Best First Book;

A necklace of souls by R. R. Stedman - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Children's Choice;

The three bears...sort of by Yvonne Morrison and illustrated by Donovan Bixley - (lives in the picture book section of all three libraries [when its in:)])

Honour Award;

Bugs by Whiti Hereaka - (lives in the teen section of all three libraries)

Maori Language Award;

Taka ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page - (lives in the Maori picture book section of all three libraries)

For more about the awards and winners click here!