Melissa Matutina Williams has been awarded the EH McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards!
Panguru and the City is a story of intersecting cultural and economic forces in the post-war period: the isolation of the Panguru district in the northern Hokianga, the demand for workers in the fast-growing post-war industries of south Auckland, the emergence of a new generation of Maori leaders personified by Whina Cooper. Melissa Matutina Williams homes in on her subject using an engaging series of oral histories backed by careful research. How well, she asks, did the whanau and hapu of Te Rarawa manage to retain their values and offer sustenance to their people as they built themselves radically different new lives far from home? Panguru and the City has been a revelation to some readers and a most-welcome validation to many others.
The E H McCormick Award for General Non-Fiction is named for the late Eric McCormick, the eminent historian and biographer of Frances Hodgkins.
See here for more on the awards: www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards/2016-awards/winners.