The winners of the Booksellers New Zealand Industry Awards, sponsored by Thorpe-Bowker, were announced on 2 August during the 2012 Booksellers New Zealand Conference in Auckland.
Unity Books in Wellington was named Regional Bookshop of the Year for the North Island, and Page & Blackmore Booksellers in Nelson won the Bookshop of the Year Award for the South Island.
The Paper Plus Coastlands store in Paraparaumu was named Group Bookshop of the Year. The Independent Bookshop of the Year Award was presented to Scorpio Books in Christchurch.
Random House New Zealand was the big winner of the publisher awards, taking out the top prize of Publisher of the Year for the second year running. Random House also won the awards for Promotional and Sales Support and New Zealand Publishing.
Random House sales representative Louise Crisp was named Sales Rep of the Year for the South Island, an award she won last year when she worked for Penguin New Zealand. The North Island Sales Rep of the Year Award was presented to Anna Applin (Archetype / Allen & Unwin).
To see a list of the finalists for this year’s awards, click here.
This year's Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award, worth NZ$2500 (A$1936), was also presented during the conference. This year the award was shared by The Conductor by Sarah Quigley (Random House NZ) and New Zealand's Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas (Craig Potton Publishing).
The New Zealand book industry also celebrated the best books from the past year with the presentation of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. To see a list of the winners, click here.