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Ted Dawe’s young adult novel, Into the River, won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award in 2013. But it has fallen foul of the Christian lobby group Family First, which pressured the New Zealand Film and Literature Board of Review into putting an interim restriction on the book.
Māori histories and the arts have dominated Massey University’s Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2015.
The Awards presented at a dinner at Te Papa in Wellington last night, named six category winners selected from a shortlist of 15 finalists and an overall pool of 60 Māori books.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Hon Steve Maharey congratulated the authors for their important contribution. “What we are doing here is celebrating books that will shape the future of not only how Māori see themselves but taking those stories to the rest of the world as well.”
The Ngaio Marsh Award, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to reveal that whodunit and who-won-it will be announced at a great event at the Court Theatre on 4 October.
“I’m thrilled that the event will be held at the Court Theatre this year,” says Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson, “both as a nod to Dame Ngaio’s own passion for the stage, and because the Court Jesters were scheduled to perform at our inaugural event in 2010, before the Christchurch earthquakes intervened.”
In the face of the Into the River controversy, the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 may need to be reviewed and even scrapped, according to the trade association, Booksellers NZ.
The New Zealand Book Council is dedicated to encouraging a vibrant reading culture in New Zealand. We are therefore alarmed by the Film and Literature Board of Review’s decision to issue an interim restriction order for access to Into the River by Ted Dawe.
The ban means that a highly regarded, award-winning young adult novel cannot be sold or distributed by anyone, and will not be available to readers until October when the Board will consider placing a permanent age restriction rating for the book.
The Publishers Association of New Zealand condemns the ban on the sale and distribution of Ted Dawe’s Into the River.
As an Association we stand behind the right of Ted Dawe to assert his freedom of expression through his prize-winning words, the right of his publisher Penguin Random House to sell and distribute them, and especially the right of readers to access and enjoy his much-lauded novel.
Penguin Random House New Zealand, the publisher of Ted Dawe’s book Into the River, is disappointed that the Film and Literature Board of Review has issued an interim order to restrict distribution of this award-winning book.
Into the River was chosen as the 2013 New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year by a respected panel of judges. The book deals with difficult issues such as bullying and racism, which are topics adolescents should be able to read about as they may well experience these issues in their own lives.
The decision by the President of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, QC, to issue an Interim Restriction Order banning the sale or distribution of Auckland author Ted Dawe's award-winning novel for teenagers Into the River, is exceedingly troubling, says New Zealand Society of Authors President, Kyle Mewburn.