Ko Tākitimu, Ko Kurahaupō ngā waka. Ko Rongomaiwahine, Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.
Moana Munro is Te Kura Pounamu Award convenor judge for a third year, and has been kaitiakipukapuka Māori for Hastings District Libraries for over a decade. She is conscious of the changing dynamic within communities and is striving to strengthen tikanga, supporting or improving the delivery of Māori services and resources. Moana is a proud member of Ngā Kaiwhakahau o Te Rōpū Whakahau, representing Te Mātau a Maui (East Coast, Hawke’s Bay to Wairarapa regions).
Cellia Joe-Olsen has worked alongside five LIANZA Presidents since 2016. Her good humour and action orientated approach have enabled the two organisations to work in the spirit of partnership. She is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language, and is active within language revitalisation circles. Cellia works for the Alexander Turnbull Library, and is also involved in numerous library-related national and international bodies with an indigenous focus. She is passionate about finding aids in te reo Māori to help people, children in particular, find books of interest to them. Cellia recently urged library assistants in Wellington to get involved ‘Those of you who are ready - do it! Get on up in there!’ We think that is great advice and Cellia obviously does practice what she preaches!
Francis Leaf is a 2019 recipient of the Robyn Hakopa Te Reo Māori award for promoting te reo and tikanga within the library profession. As a collection advisor at the Auckland University of Technology, she has 21 years of experience working in tertiary libraries, holding a number of different roles. She is the newest member on Ngā Kaiwhakahau o Te Rōpū Whakahau, representing Te Hikuroa rohe, and brings experience, passion and inspiration to this position.
Congratulations also children’s and youth librarian Alan Dingley who joins the English language judging panel. Writer, poet and editor Jane Arthur will convene the this panel, which will also include bookseller, writer and editor Briar Lawry; children’s author, book reviewer and writer of stories for young people for the stage, radio and screen Steph Matuku; and children’s specialist bookseller and former school teacher Charlotte McKay.
Alan Dingley has over 15 years of experience working in Children’s/Youth libraries, formerly as youth librarian at Palmerston North City Council’s City Library Youth Space, and currently as librarian at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. A proud member of REALM (Reading & Literacy Manawatu), Alan has presented workshops at LIANZA, SLANZA, REALM and MLA, covering varied topics such as ‘How do we get boys to read’, ‘Prescription Pad Literature’, ‘How do we get youth to read? and ‘Story Building: Get that story out of there!’. He also writes about and reviews children’s books. In 2019 Alan coached the PNINS Kids’ Lit Quiz team to their first national title, and then took the team to the World Final in Singapore, placing second in the world.
LIANZA looks forward to supporting the #NZCYA awards ceremony in Wellington 12 Aug 2020, and the Books Alive finalist author events in several centres around NZ.
LIANZA established the Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award in 1945 and it is wonderful to support the NZ Book Awards Trust and celebrate children’s and young adult literature in New Zealand.
Jane Arthur says, "The judging panel knows children’s books inside and out, from the craft of writing to knowing how and why certain books connect with readers. We’re an energetic bunch and I suspect we’re all very much in touch with our ‘inner child’, so our judging discussions are going to be fun, enlightening and rigorous."