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Chris Szekely

Chris Szekely works for the National Library of New Zealand where he is the Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library. A Fellow of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) and Life Member of Te Ropu Whakahau (M‚ori Library & Information Professionals' Association), he began his library career 25 years ago in the Auckland School Library Service.
His first picture book, the multiple award-winning Rahui, was published in 2011.


 
Selected bibliography:
  • Rahui, illustrated by Malcolm Ross (Huia Publishers 2011)
  • Swim : The Story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, illustrated by Andrew Burdan (Huia Publishers 2013).
  • Tahoe : He pakiwaitara mo Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai illustrated by Andew Burdan and translated by Scotty Morrison (Huia Publishers 2013).
  • Rona, illustrated by Te Kauru Nohotima, Huia Publishers, 2014
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012, winner for Best Children's Picture Book for Rahui, illustrated by Malcom Ross (Huia Publishers). 
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2012 Russell Clark Award, winner for Rahui, illustrated by Malcom Ross (Huia Publishers).
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2012 Librarians' Choice Award, winner for Rahui, illustrated by Malcom Ross (Huia Publishers). 
  • LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2012 Te Kura Pounamu, shortlist for Rahui, illustrated by Malcom Ross (Huia Publishers).
  • LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2014 Te Kura Pounamu shortlist for Tahoe : He Pakiwaitara mo Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai, illustrated by Andrew Burdan and translated by Scotty Morrison (Huia Publishers). 
     CLNZ Education Awards 2015 Best Resource in Te Reo Maori shortlist for Rona, illustrated by Te Kauru Nohotima (Huia Publishers).
 

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