Paula Morris won the Fiction prize with her acclaimed book, Rangatira; the Book of the Year award went to New Zealand's Native trees written by John Dawson with images by Rob Lucas; People's Choice award went to short story writers Sue Orr for Under the Overcoat; the Māori Language award went to Chris Winitana for Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration; the Poetry award was taken out by Rian Gallagher for her second collection, Shift, and the Non Fiction prize was won by Joan Druett for Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator.
The winners of the 2012 New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Best First Book Awards - announced earlier this year - were also honoured. They are:
NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: John Adams for his collection Briefcase (Auckland University Press).
NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction: Michael Smythe for New Zealand by Design (Random House, NZ).