Book Design Awards Shortlist Highlights Aotearoa’s Creative Talent


Beautiful books are in the spotlight with the announcement of the finalists for the PANZ Book Design Awards 2022.

The Association of Publishers of New Zealand (PANZ) created the awards to promote excellence and recognize the best book design in New Zealand, a task which becomes more difficult for the jury each year as the level of applications are increasing. .

A team of judges led by experienced bookseller Jenna Todd received over 135 submissions. Jenna says picking the strengths of such a strong field came down to the details, whether it was the readability of the typography, the formatting, or the usability of the book in terms of ease of handling and reading.

“Overall, the books that rose to the occasion demonstrated thoughtful and sophisticated design choices. Golds, earthy greens, warm whites and blacks were a common feature,” says Jenna. “We have seen courageous innovations as well as courageous books in their restraint.”

Jenna’s other judges are editorial designer and writer Jenny Nicholls, Johnson Witehira, artist, designer and scholar of Tamahaki and Ngāi Tū-te-auru origins, and William Chen, founding creative director of Subway magazine.

The judges all agreed Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book was a particularly enjoyable category to review, finding that young readers of Aotearoa are in very good hands.

While there are many established names on the shortlist, new design talent is also highlighted. The two finalists of Hachette Aotearoa NZ 2022 Emerging designer are from HUIA Publishers, talking about the independent Maori-owned publisher’s commitment to nurturing innovative design talent.

The shortlist also shows the breadth and depth of creativity in the New Zealand publishing industry. There are books from publishers across the motu, spanning university presses, independent publishers, multinationals and self-publishers.

The judges are now faced with the difficult task of selecting the winners of the 10 categories and selecting the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored by Nielsen Book. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Auckland on September 22 where participants will be able to vote for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand People’s Choice Award.

Design talent from across the industry will gather the following day for the PANZ Book Design Workshop which offers the opportunity to dissect the awards, enjoy panel discussions led by leading book designers and network with peers.

The PANZ Book Design Awards 2022 finalists are:

Penguin Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

  • Bill Hammond: Across the Evening Sky by Peter Vangioni with Tony de Lautour, Rachael King, Nic Low, Paul Scofield and Ariana Tikao (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū).
    by Aaron Beehre
  • Conversātiō — In the Company of Bees by Anne Noble with Zara Stanhope and Anna Brown (Massey University Press). Cover designed by Anna Brown and Matt Law. Interior designed by Anna Brown
  • He Ringatoi O Ngā Tūpuna by Hilary and John Mitchell (Potton & Burton).
    Designed by Floor van Lierop, it’s them
  • Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau by Lucy Mackintosh (Bridget Williams Books). Cover designed by Keely O’Shannessy. Interior designed by Keely O’Shannessy and Katrina Duncan

Upstart Press Award for Best Unillustrated Book

  • A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Paula Morris and Alison Wong (Auckland University Press). Cover designed by Keely O’Shannessy. Interior designed by Keely O’Shannessy with composition by Tina Delceg
  • Across the Pass: A collection of New Zealand tramping scriptures selected by Shaun Barnett (Otago University Press). Designed by Fiona Moffat.
  • Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life edited by Jill Trevelyan (Te Papa Press).
    Designed by Kate Barraclough, Kate Frances Design
  • Tree Sense: Ways of thinking about trees edited by Susette Goldsmith (Massey University Press). Designed by Megan van Staden

Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book

  • Atua: Maori gods and heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House NZ). Designed by Vida & Luke Kelly, Vida & Luke Kelly Design
  • Koro by Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press). Designed by Vida Kelly, Vida and Luke Kelly Design
  • Muki and pickles by Ross Murray (Beatnik). by Ross Murray
  • My cat can see ghosts by Emily Joe (Beatnik). Designed by Emily Joe
  • The little woman’s coat by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press). Designed by Vida Kelly, Vida and Luke Kelly Design

Lift Education Award for Best Education Book or Series – Primary

  • Inside New Zealand Wildlife by Dave Gunson (Bateman Books). Cover design by Dave Gunson and Alice Bell. Interior designed by Alice Bell
  • Million 2 by Young New Zealand Writers and Artists (Toitoi Media Ltd). Blanket designed by Vicki Birks. Interior designed by Kelvin Soh & Sam Wieck, DDMMYY
  • Why is this spider dancing? The Incredible Arachnids of Aotearoa by Simon Pollard and Phil Sirvid (Te Papa Press). Designed by Kate Barraclough, Kate Frances Design

Lift Education Award for Best Education Book or Series—Secondary/Tertiary

  • Social Policy Practices and Processes in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Graham Hassall and Girol Karacaoglu (Massey University Press). Cover designed by Tim Denee. Interior designed by Megan van Staden
  • Tūtira Mai: Making a difference in Aotearoa, New Zealand edited by David Belgrave and Giles Dodson (Massey University Press).
    Designed by Kate Barraclough, Kate Frances Design

1010 Printing Award for Best Cookbook

  • Homecooked: Seasonal recipes for every day by Lucy Corry (Penguin Random House NZ).
    Cover designed by Cat Taylor with original cover art by Evie Kemp. Interior designed by Cat Taylor
  • Saffron swirls and cardamom dust by Ashia Ismael-Singer (Bateman Books).
    Designed by Floor van Lierop, it’s them
  • just food by Eleanor Ozich (Penguin Random House NZ). by Katrina Duncan

Allen & Unwin Award for Best Business Book for Adults

  • Local Happiness: A Kiwi Guide to Suburban Living by Elien Lewis.
    Designed by Floor van Lierop, it’s them
  • How to survive the modern world
    by Alain de Botton / The School of Life (The School of Life). Designed by Katie Kerr, Studio Katie Kerr
  • Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (HUIA Editors). Designed by Te Kani Price and Camilla Lau
  • NUKU: Stories of 100 Indigenous Women by Qiane Matata-Sipu (QIANE+co). Designed by Linda Va’aelua, Fifty5 Creative. Creative Director Qiane Matata-Sipu, Quiane + co
  • Times like these by Michelle Langstone (Allen & Unwin). Designed by Megan van Staden

HarperCollins Editors’ Award for Best Cover

  • Conversātiō — In the Company of Bees by Anne Noble with Zara Stanhope and Anna Brown (Massey University Press). Cover designed by Anna Brown and Matt Law. Interior designed by Anna Brown
  • Kelcy Taratoa: Who Am I, Episode 001 by Warren Feeney, translation Te Reo by Heni Jacob (Quentin Wilson Publishing). Cover designed by Alan Deare, Area Design. Interior designed by Alan Deare and Dave McDonald, Area Design
  • Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (HUIA Editors). Designed by Te Kani Price and Camilla Lau
  • The mirror book
    Charlotte Grimshaw (Penguin Random House NZ).
    by Katrina Duncan
  • Rangikura by Tayi Tibble (Te Herenga Waka University Press). Designed by Xoë Hall

Te Herenga Waka University Press Award for Best Typography

  • Across the Pass: A collection of New Zealand tramping scriptures selected by Shaun Barnett (Otago University Press). Designed by Fiona Moffat.
  • Bill Hammond: Across the Evening Sky by Peter Vangioni with Tony de Lautour, Rachael King, Nic Low, Paul Scofield and Ariana Tikao (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū).
    by Aaron Beehre
  • He Ringatoi O Ngā Tūpuna by Hilary and John Mitchell (Potton & Burton). Designed by Floor van Lierop, it’s them
  • Hei Taonga mā ngā Uri Whakatipu | Treasures for the rising generation by Wayne Ngata, Arapata Hakiwai, Anne Salmond, Conal McCarthy, Amiria Salmond, James Schuster, Billie Lythberg, John Maihi, Sandra Nepia, Te Wheturere Poope Gray, Te Aroha McDonnell, Natalie Robertson (Te Papa Press). Designed by Area Design
  • My cat can see ghosts
    by Emily Joe (Beatnik). Designed by Emily Joe

Finalists of the Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand Emerging Designer Award 2022

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  • The biggest haka festival in the world / Mokopuna Matatini by Pania Tahau-Hodges (HUIA Editors)
  • Fall in Rarohenga by Steph Matuku (HUIA Editors)
  • Escalation: COVID-19 checkpoints and Rangatiratanga by Luke Fitzmaurice and Maria Bargh (HUIA Editors)

Te Kani Award

  • Mokopuna Matatini by Pania Tahau-Hodges (HUIA Editors)
  • Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka (HUIA Editors)
  • butcher bird by Cassie Hart (HUIA Editors)

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