The Ian Wards Prize and the Michael Standish Prize

The NZHA would like to congratulate the 2012 joint winners of the Ian Wards Prize: Charlotte Macdonald for Strong, Beautiful and Modern. National fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935 – 1960 and Robert Peden for Making Sheep Country: Mt Peel Station and the Transformation of the Tussock Lands. The Ian Wards Prize recognises an outstanding piece of writing published in New Zealand which draws richly on archival and primary source research materials. This annual award, first offered in 2001, is named in honour of Ian Wards, former Chief Historian, Department of Internal Affairs.

The Michael Standish Prize recognises an outstanding essay, by a New Zealand archivist or records manager, dealing with some facet of archives or records administration, history, theory and/or methodology, and published in a recognised archives, records management, or other appropriate journal. This biennial award, first offered in 2001, is named in honour of Michael Standish, architect of the 1957 Archives Act and the first permanent Chief Archivist of National Archives. In 2011 the award was presented to Kaye Sanderson for Personal Archives and Chaotic Connection.

Nominations are now invited for these two prizes. Please send these to the Awards Convenor, Theresa Graham, no later than 1 June 2013.