Awards &
Recognition

Major Awards / Recognition

  • LIANZA RUSSELL CLARK MEDAL – for Illustration in 1982, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Runner-up - NOMA CONCOURS for Children's Picture Book Illustration – Japan 1982
  • GRAND PRIX - NOMA CONCOURS for Children's Picture Book Illustration – Japan 1984
  • NZ CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR, 1982, 1994, 2000, 2013
  • NZ CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR – 2000, 2003, 2008, 2018
  • NZ CHILDREN’S NON FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2003, 2018
  • PANZ DESIGN AWARD for the Best Use of Illustration in a New Zealand Book 2000, 2009
  • Books added to the WHITE RAVENS COLLECTION, International Youth Library, Munich, Germany 1981, 1982, 1984, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Jury Member for the NOMA CONCOURS - competition for International Picture Book Illustrators, UNESCO, Tokyo, Japan 2002
  • CHRISTCHURCH WRITERS’ WALKWAY Bronze Plaque 2002
  • URSULA BETHELL WRITER IN RESIDENCE at the University of Canterbury 2003
  • URSULA BETHELL WRITER IN RESIDENCE and the SMASH PALACE ART AND SCIENCE COLLABORATION GRANT - produced the world’s first 3-dimensional, animated picture book with the H.I.T. Lab, University of Canterbury 2003
  • SILVIA ASHTON WARNER FELLOWSHIP FOR LITERACY, University of Auckland 2004
  • MARGARET MAHY MEDAL for Services to Children’s Literature 2000
  • STORYLINES GAVIN BISHOP AWARD for new illustrators was established by Storylines NZ Children’s Literature Foundation and Random House NZ Ltd inrecognition of his work, 2009.
  • Represented NZ at TIBE (Taipei International Book Expo), Taipei, Taiwan, 2011 and 2015.
  • WRITER IN RESIDENCE, Top of the South, Society of  Authors, Nelson 2012
  • Arts Foundation MALLINSON RENDAL ILLUSTRATORS'  AWARD, October 2013
  • PRESIDENT OF HONOUR, NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS 2013 – 2014
  • ONZM from the NZ Government for services to literature 2013
  • PRESIDENT OF HONOUR, NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS 2013 – 2014 
  • HONORARY DOCTORATE OF EDUCATION, University of Canterbury 2016 
  • TE WAKA TOI NGA TOHU a TA KINGI IHAKA AWARD for Services to Maori Art and Culture 2018
  • THE PRIME MINISTER'S AWARD FOR LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT in NON FICTION 2019
  • THE NZ BOOKLOVERS' BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD for WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA 2020
  • IBBY HONOUR LIST 2022 - WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA

Professional Memberships

  • TE HA, Contemporary Maori Writers
  • NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS
  • STORYLINES Children’s Literature Charitable Trust
  • TE IHO KAITIAKI INCORPORATED - Maori Made Trademark
  • NZ BOOK COUNCIL
  • ICADS - International Society of Art Deco Architecture and Design

Current Board Member of the:

  • PAINTED STORIES Te Tai Tamariki Preservation Charitable Trust for NZ Children’s Literature
  • CREATIVE NZ AWARDS ASSESSMENT PANEL
* The PAINTED STORIES/Te Tai Tamariki Trust was established in Christchurch in 2006. Its aim is to collect and archive original and digital manuscripts and illustrations from New Zealand Children’s books to show the relationship between illustration and story telling. In the future it is hoped the trust will have a permanent centre in which to hold exhibitions and events for children and adults. The centre will also offer research facilities.

In 2009, the trust established a small gallery in Victoria Street, Christchurch but it was demolished after the earthquakes of 2011. However, since 2006, ten major exhibitions of picture book art have been held in venues such as the COCA gallery in Christchurch and the Canterbury Museum. Several of these exhibitions travelled to other centres in New Zealand. WAIRUA – Maori Tikanga in Children’s Books, opened at the Canterbury Museum before travelling to Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, then continuing to tour for several years.

Artwork from books by Joy Cowley ran in Blenheim in 2015 to compliment the Marlborough Writers’ Festival in July.

In 2016, the trust organized its largest exhibition yet. Twenty illustrators featured in a specially designed show for the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Congress in Auckland in August.
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