Dame Claudia Orange honoured for 2021 Prime Minister’s Award

Last month Dame Claudia Josepha Orange alongside Anne Kennedy, David Hill and Dr. Monty Soutar were honoured by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, at Premier House.

Each year, the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, organised by Creative New Zealand, celebrate writers from Aotearoa who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Every two years, the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship winner is also honoured at the ceremony.

Dame Claudia, Anne, David and Dr Monty were presented with certificates to acknowledge their contribution to New Zealand literature:

  • Poetry: Anne Kennedy – an award-winning poet, fiction writer, screenplay editor and teacher.
  • Non-fiction: Dame Claudia Josepha Orange PhD OBE DNZM – one of New Zealand’s most distinguished historians and an award-winning author best known for her 1987 book The Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Fiction: David Hill MNZM – an award-winning writer and teacher, renowned for his young adult fiction.
  • Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship: Dr Monty Soutar ONZM (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Each winner of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement was awarded $60,000.

Dr Soutar received $100,000 towards the completion of Kāwai – a saga from the uttermost end of the Earth, a trilogy of historical novels that address the impact of colonisation in Aotearoa, each told from a Māori perspective.

In-lieu of an in-person event, a live, online panel, hosted by Paul Diamond, took place on 16 November 2021.

Congratulations Dame Claudia!

A full list of previous recipients can be found on the Creative New Zealand website

Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2022 are currently open.