Before 1996, there were two major New Zealand literary prizes, the New Zealand Book Awards (1973‐1995) and the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards (1968‐1993).
Montana took over the sponsorship of the Wattie Awards in 1994, and the Awards became the Montana Book Awards (1994‐1995). In 1996, the two Awards merged to form the Montana New Zealand Book Awards (1996‐2009). In 2010, sponsorship of the Awards was assumed by New Zealand Post.
The finalists for the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced!
As the Earth Turns Silver
Living as a Moon
The Lustre Jug
The Tram Conductor’s Blue Cap
GENERAL NON-FICTION CATEGORY
Beyond the Battlefield: New Zealand and its Allies, 1939-1945
Cone Ten Down: Studio pottery in New Zealand, 1945-1980
Moyra Elliott and Damian Skinner
Encircled Lands: Te Urewera, 1820-1921
The Invention of New Zealand Art & National Identity, 1930-1970
ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION CATEGORY
Art at Te Papa
William McAloon (editor)
Go Fish: Recipes and stories from the New Zealand Coast
Māori Architecture: From fale to wharenui and beyond
Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation
Alan Wright and Edward Hanfling
BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD WINNERS 2010
NZSA HUBERT CHURCH BEST FIRST BOOK OF FICTION AWARD WINNER
NZSA JESSIE MACKAY BEST FIRST BOOK OF POETRY AWARD WINNER
Fast Talking PI
Selina Tusitala Marsh
NZSA E.H. MCCORMICK BEST FIRST BOOK OF NON-FICTION AWARD WINNER
Trust: A True Story of Women & Gangs
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
The extremely popular Readers’ Choice Award is the public’s opportunity to vote for their favourite book of the 16 finalist titles, as selected by the judges, either online or by paper ballot. Voting opens every year with the public announcement of the finalist list.