Congratulations to Melissa Matutina Williams whose book Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua won the 2016 Bert Roth award! In awarding the prize, the judges from the Labour History Project noted:
'Ranginui Walker described Melissa Matutina Williams’ book Panguru and the City: Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua as a revelation, and we at LHP agree. Through oral histories, Williams presents the stories of Te Rarawa ki Hokianga whanau who migrated from Panguru to Auckland city in the post-World War Two decades. Panguru people speak to how they developed new home-places to "be Māori" in the city – first the inner-city and then state housing suburbs – while simultaneously maintaining connections to Panguru tribal homelands.'
This award follows the book receiving the EH McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Congratulations also to Andrew Dean for having Ruth, Roger and Me shortlisted for the 2016 Bert Roth Award. The judges described the book as 'a labour of love [that] will resonate with the "children of the Mother of All Budgets" – those of us who entered the workforce and tertiary education post 1991.'