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These awards are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand's children's authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage. Here are the winners for 2016!
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
Best First Book Award
Allis the little tractor
by Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge
Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in te reo Māori
Whiti te rā!
by Patricia Grace, translated by Kawata Teepa, illustrated by Andrew Burdan
Picture Book Award
The Little Kiwi’s Matariki
written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction
From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
by Kate De Goldi
Young Adult Fiction Award
Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo
by Brian Falkner
Russell Clark Award for Illustration
Much Ado About Shakespeare
illustrated by Donovan Bixley