27 Jan 2011

Diamond appointed convenor of judges for book awards

6:43 am on 27 January 2011

Writer and broadcaster Paul Diamond has 150 books to read before June.

Mr Diamond, from Ngati Haua, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi, has been appointed convenor of judges for the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

He's joined on the panel by Charmaine Pountney, former Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey, author Emily Perkins and poet and editor Michael


He says he's got a good idea what he's looking for.

"I guess it's about excellence - celebrating the bext of what we produce," he told Waatea News.

However, as the panel's Te Reo Maori advisor, Mr Diamon says he is still concerned about the small number of Maori language books being published for adult readers.