Maori Architecture book finalist in NZ Post Book Awards (VOTE!)

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Deidre Brown has just been confirmed as a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards for 2010 for her book: Maori Architecture : from Fale to Wharenui and beyond.

Maori Architecture charts, for the first time, the genesis and form of indigenous buildings in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores the vast array of Maori-designed structures and spaces how they evolved over time, and how they tell the story of an ever-changing people. The book looks at facets of early Polynesian settlement through to contemporary architecture.

Online voting is open until 6 August: http://www.booksellers.co.nz/awards/new-zealand-post-book-awards/finalists-2010

Dr Deidre Brown is a Maori art and architectural historian of northern Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Pakeha descent. Her previous books include Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau: Northland Maori Wood Carving (2003, winner of the Best First Book Award, Non-Fiction at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards), Introducing Maori Art (2005), Maori Arts of the Gods (2005) and Te Puna: Maori Art from Te Tai Tokerau Northland (2007, co-edited with Ngarino Ellis).

She is currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland.

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