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HUIA Books Finalists in LIANZA and PANZ Awards

Three HUIA books have been named as finalists in the 2012 LIANZA Childrens Book Awards and the 2012 PANZ Book Design Awards announced yesterday and today.Rahui_Cover_Maori_For_web.jpg

'Rahui' by Chris Szekely and illustrated by Malcolm Ross was named as finalist in the LIANZA Illustration - Russell Clark Award category for the most distinguished pictures or illustrations for a children's book. Rahui was also named as a finalist in the Te Kura Pounamu Te Reo Maori award category awarded to the author of the work which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people written in Te Reo Māori.

A second HUIA book 'Te Poiwhana' by Te Kauhoe Wano and Andrew Burdan produced for the Ministry of Education was also nominated as a finalist in the Te Kura Pounamu Te Reo Maori award.

Awarded by Librarians for outstanding children's literature in New Zealand, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Awards are for excellence in junior fiction, young adult fiction, illustration, non-fiction and te reo Maori.

The 2012 LIANZA Awards will be presented at Cafe L'Affare, College Street, Wellington on 6 August.

The PANZ Book Design Awards also announced their finalists and 'He Korero - Words Between Us' by Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins and designed by HUIA designer Sam Bunny has been nominated as a finalist in the Best Educational Book Award category.Words_Between_Us_Web.jpg

"This is the first time I've been entered in the PANZ Book Design Awards and it is a real surprise to get nominated so quickly" said Sam.

With well over 100 books submitted to the seven categories, the judges found it difficult to arrive at a shortlist for each category. Judge Jenny Nicholls said the judges looked for consistency of design from front cover to back cover. "The best designs had a sense of play".

The 2012 PANZ Book Design Awards evening will be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland on 5 July.