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National poetry award winners, 1976–2017

This table lists those books of poems and their authors that have won the pre-eminent national award for poetry from 1976. Until 1996 there were two sets of awards – the Wattie (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie) Awards, which had no categories and simply awarded prizes for the top three books of the year, and the New Zealand Book Awards, which did have a poetry category. In 1994 the Goodman Fielder Wattie Awards became the Montana Book Awards and a poetry category was introduced; so in 1994 and 1995 there were two sets of poetry awards. However, in 1996 the two awards merged to become the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, which then became the New Zealand Post Book Awards from 2010 to 2014. A new sponsor, property developer Ockham, was announced in 2015 with 2016 be the first year of the newly-named Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The awards give a good indication of those New Zealand poets who had a major impact during the years since 1976.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie (eds), Oxford companion to New Zealand literature. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp.603-605; New Zealand Book Council; New Zealand Post Book Awards

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John Newton, 'Poetry - Diversity: since 1985', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/43100/national-poetry-award-winners-1976-2017 (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by John Newton, published 22 Oct 2014