HarperCollins Publishers Award for
Best Cover 2015
Highly Commended 2015
Designer Cover design Johnson Witehira, interior design Katrina Duncan
Title Ko Tautoro Te Pito o Tōku Ao: A Ngāpuhi Narrative by Hōne Sadler
Publisher Auckland University Press
Format 240 x 170mm, 200pp, section sewn
Judges’ Comments Sumptuous and exciting, yet restrained and serious at the same time, the book cover references Māori visual culture while avoiding cliché, with a bold repeat pattern and elements of the Ngāpuhi flag. It’s colour palette, refined typography and poise make for a stunningly effective cover.