Ko Tautoro Te Pito o Tōku Ao – 2015 Best Non Illustrated finalist

Everbest Printing Award for
Best Non-Illustrated Book 2015

Highly Commended 2015

Ko Tautoro Te Piko o toku Ao cover

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 Ko Tautoro Te Pito o Tōko Ao is a beautiful volume that somehow manages to look sumptuous and exciting, yet restrained and serious at the same time. The cover references Māori visual culture while avoiding cliché, with a bold repeat pattern and elements of the Ngāpuhi flag. The design of this book is cohesive throughout with a strong colour palette and harmonious choice of materials. Bilingual text is handled adeptly, spreads are balanced with Te Reo on the left and English on the right. This pukapuka would look stunning on any bookshelf.

Ko Tautoro Te Pito o Tōku Ao spread page 10 and 11Ko Tautoro Te Pito o Tōku Ao spread page 38 and 39

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