2011 is the third year of the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards, which were established by Massey University in 2009 to mark Māori Language Week, and to celebrate and encourage excellence in Māori publishing. This year's awards celebrates several "firsts".
It is the first time that the fiction prize has been awarded, for Once upon a time in Aotearoa by Tina Makereti.
It is also the first time that the Te Reo Māori award has been presented, to Chris Winitana who has written about the revitalisation of the Māori language in Tōku reo, Tōku Ohooho: ka whawhai tonu mātou, which has also been published into English as My Language, My Inspiration: the struggle continues.
The awards for this year’s winners will be presented on November 29, 2011 at a ceremony at Te Pūtahi-a-toi, Massey University’s School of Māori Studies in Palmerston North. There will also be a special award for Mana Magazine, which published its 100th issue in May 2011.
You can read the full press release here.