Ngātokimatawhaorua shortlisted in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards


We are thrilled that Jeff Evans’ immersive and compelling Ngātokimatawhaorua: The biography of a waka is rubbing shoulders with three other fantastic books on the General Non-Fiction category shortlist for this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. We are very proud to have published this important book and are heartened to see it acknowledged by the judges. You can view the full shortlist here.

Judges said of Ngātokimatawhaorua:

Beginning with an expedition into the Puketi forest alongside master waka builder Rānui Maupakanga, Jeff Evans takes us on a vivid journey of discovery as he tells tell the story of the majestic waka taua Ngātokimatawhaorua, a vessel that is both a source of pride and a symbol of wayfaring prowess. Evans’ biography showcases both the whakapapa of the waka, including the influence of Te Puea Hērangi, and its role in the renaissance of voyaging and whakairo (carving) traditions.

Congratulations to Jeff and all those shortlisted!