This Pākehā life : an unsettled memoir / Alison Jones.
"This Pākehā life : an unsettled memoir", by Alison Jones - As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pākehā and Māori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands. 2021 Finalist General Non-Fiction
Ralph Hotere : the dark is light enough : a biographical portrait / Vincent O'Sullivan.
"Ralph Hotere : the dark is light enough : a biographical portrait", by Vincent O'Sullivan - Ralph Hotere (Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa; 1931-2013) was one of Aotearoa's most significant modern artists. Hotere invited the poet, novelist and biographer Vincent O'Sullivan to write his life story in 2005. 2021 Winner General Non-Fiction
Te Hāhi Mihinare : the Māori Anglican Church / Hirini Kaa.
"Te Hāhi Mihinare : the Māori Anglican Church", by Hirini Kaa - Explores the emergence of Te Hāhi Mihinare - the Māori Anglican Church. Anglicanism, brought to New Zealand by English missionaries in 1814, was made widely known by Māori evangelists, as iwi adapted the religion to make it their own. 2021 Finalist General Non-Fiction
Specimen : personal essays / Madison Hamill.
"Specimen : personal essays", by Madison Hamill.- A father rollerblading to church in his ministerial robes, a university student in a leotard sprinting through fog, a trespass notice from Pak'nSave, a beautiful unborn goat in a jar ... In scenarios ranging from the mundane to the surreal, Madison Hamill looks back at her younger selves with a sharp eye. 2021 Finalist General Non-Fiction Award
Marti Friedlander : portraits of the artists / Leonard Bell.
"Marti Friedlander : portraits of the artists", by Leonard Bell - For fifty years, Marti Friedlander (1928-2016) was one of New Zealand's most important photographers, her work singled out for praise and recognition here and around the world. Friedlander's powerful pictures chronicled the country's social and cultural life from the 1960s into the twenty-first century. 2021 Finalist Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction
Nature stilled / Jane Ussher.
"Nature stilled", by Jane Ussher - Jane Ussher spent several weeks in Te Papa’s natural history collection storage areas shooting this outstanding book. Stunningly photographed and beautifully designed, its 157 images capture the glory of the insect, fish, mollusc and botanical specimens that represent the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s vast and scientifically important collections. 2021 Finalist Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction
Hiakai = Modern Māori cuisine / Monique Fiso, with Lucy Corry and Tracy Berno ; photography by Manja Wachsmuth and Amber-Jayne Bain.
"Hiakai - Modern Māori cuisine", by Monique Fiso, with Lucy Corry and Tracy Berno ; photography by Manja Wachsmuth and Amber-Jayne Bain - This book is just as unforgettable- ranging between history, tradition and tikanga, as well as Monique's personal journey of self-discovery, it tells the story of kai Maori, provides foraging and usage notes, an illustrated ingredient directory. 2021 Winner Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Non-Fiction
An exquisite legacy : the life and work of New Zealand naturalist G.V. Hudson / George Gibbs.
"An exquisite legacy : the life and work of New Zealand naturalist G.V. Hudson", by George Gibbs - The biography of one of New Zealand's greatest naturalist-artists, G. V.Hudson. Hudson, 1867-1946, was one of New Zealand's pioneer naturalists, who devoted his life to collecting and describing the New Zealand insect fauna. He amassed one of the largest collection of New Zealand insects, now housed at Te Papa. 2021 Finalist Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award For Illustrated Non-Fiction
National anthem / Mohamed Hassan
"National anthem", byMohamed Hassan - Charts an intimate course through memories from his childhood and upbringing in Egypt, New Zealand, Turkey and elsewhere to untangle the intersecting traumas of migration, Islamophobia and grief and ask difficult questions about the essence of nationalism and belonging. 2021 Finalist Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry
The savage coloniser book / Tusiata Avia.
"The savage coloniser book", by Tusiata Avia - Savage is as savage does. And we're all implicated. Avia breaks the colonial lens wide open. We peer through its poetic shards and see a savage world - outside, inside. 2021 Winner Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry
Magnolia = Mu lan / Nina Mingya Powles.
"Magnolia = Mu lan", by Nina Mingya Powles - This is a book of the body and the senses, whether the million tiny nerve endings of young love; the hunger that turns your bones soft in the heat; the painterly, edible, physical colour of flowers. 2021 Finalist Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry.
Funkhaus / Hinemoana Baker.
"Funkhaus", by Hinemoana Baker - Baker's latest collection broadcasts unsettling songs of rebirth, love, friendship and alienation across homes and languages, to the living and to the dead. Funkhaus is home to big, punchy poems and shimmering delicacy, as well as Hinemoana's trademark humour. 2021 Finalist Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry
Sprigs / Brannavan Gnanalingam.
"Sprigs", by Brannavan Gnanalingam - It is Saturday afternoon and two boys' schools are locked in battle for college rugby supremacy. Priya - a fifteen year old who barely belongs - watches from the sidelines. Then it is Saturday night and the team is partying. Priya's friends have evaporated and she isn't sure what to do. 2021 Finalist Jann Medlicott Acorn Pize for Fiction
Remote sympathy / Catherine Chidgey.
"Remote sympathy", by Catherine Chidgey -Moving away from Munich isn't nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared. Their new home is even lovelier than the one they left behind. Life in Buchenwald would appear to be idyllic. Lying just beyond the forest, is the looming presence of a work camp. Frau Hahn's husband, SS Sturmbannführer Dietritch Hahn, is to take up a powerful new position as the camp's administrator. 2021 Finalist Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for…
Nothing to see / Pip Adam.
"Nothing to see", by Pip Adam - It's 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches. 2021 Finalist Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction
Bug week : & other stories / Airini Beautrais.
"Bug week : & other stories", by Airini Beautrais - A science educator in domestic chaos fetishises Scandinavian furniture and champagne flutes. A group of white-collar deadbeats attend a swinger's party in the era of drunk Muldoon. A pervasive smell seeps through the walls of a German housing block. A seabird performs at an open-mic night. Bug Week is a scalpel-clean examination of male entitlement ... Winner Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction