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News  •  21 September 2023


2023 New Zealand Book Design Awards Winners!

The 2023 PANZ Book Design Awards Winners have been announced!


The world is turning increasingly virtual, but when it comes to book design Aotearoa’s creatives prefer to celebrate the physical form in all its glory.

The winners for the 2023 PANZ Book Design Awards, were announced on 21 September, and you can find the complete list of winners and more information on the PANZ awards website.

Have a look at the winners from Penguin Random House NZ below.

Toi Tu Toi Ora Nigel Borell

Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art edited by Nigel Borrell and designed by Tyrone Ohia, with layout by Katrina Duncan, was awarded the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored by Nielsen BookData.

The judges described Toi Tui Toi Ora as an excellent piece of work, that is “strong, clear, and contemporary, but in a way that eschews trends to produce a piece of work that will endure as a good piece of design across time”.

As well as receiving the supreme award, Toi Tui Toi Ora was also awarded the Penguin Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book and the Te Herenga Waka University Press Award for Best Typography.

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Wawata - Moon Dreaming Hinemoa Elder

The Allen & Unwin Award for Best Commercial Book for Adults went to Wawata - Moon Dreaming by Dr Hinemoa Elder, designed by Cat Taylor. The judges found there was an incredible consideration of design care in the chapter openers, which they saw as a deep reflection of the taonga of matauranga Maori.

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How to Loiter In a Turf War Coco Solid

How to Loiter in a Turf War: A Novel by Coco Solid, designed by Carla Sy, cover illustration by Coco Solid was named the HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover winner.  The judges fell for the cover’s big bold energy, describing it as “irreverent, colourful but with an edge, it exudes a youthful energy reflecting the urgency and tone of the book”.

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