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The winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year was selected from one of the category award winners, her prize is two tickets to Madrid flying with Cathay Pacific.
Julie Orr-Wilson took this year's top spot with her story Getting by without Language published in the Otago Daily Times.
The writing judge was Alastair Carthew, a New Zealander who has lived in Thailand for the last 15 years, working as a journalist in newspapers, magazines, radio and television and as an airline business executive, lecturer and consultant around Asia. He has written on travel for international magazines such as Tatler and Prestige and national newspapers, such as The Nation (Thailand), edited and written industry websites and run newsletters in the tourism and hospitality industries. He has contributed to and edited books on journalism and the environment in Asia and lectured on public relations New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. He is a former chief parliamentary correspondent for Television New Zealand and New Zealand correspondent for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor.
Carthew said ‘Julie's story Getting by without Language stood out for its humour, some of it self-deprecating; generous and creative use of quotes, its objectivity toward the subject, its feeling of being there and its human element. The writing is spare, not overly descriptive or dramatic, yet vividly illustrates a story full of colour and clever use of words to describe the most normal of events. It was not just a travelogue, more an evocative journey by the writer who displays an enticing ability to take the reader with them in pursuit of an end objective.’
Published in the Otago Daily Times
for Kurow to Burkes Pass
Published in Wild Roads - a New Zealand Journey
for Joining the Marching Season in Derry
Published in the Timaru Herald
for Hanging out in the Hunua Ranges
Published in Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations
for How to Feed the Tourists of Mt Nicholas
Published in NZ Lifestyle Block
for On the Right Track
Published in the Sunday Star Times
Published in Destinations magazine
for Toa Rangatira
Published in Mana magazine
for Flat White, Long Black
Published in AA Directions
for Bringing Books to the Yasawas
Published in the Otago Daily Times
for Whakatane: Souvenir Trap
Published in the NZ Herald
for Ocean Bay
for Netball Trip
For the King Watches
The New Travel Writer of the Year award was judged by NZ Herald staff writer Steve Braunias. Braunias has won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award three times. The winner of the AA Directions New Travel Writer of the Year Award is Simon Calcinai for Maybe we were the Seals. Braunias said: “Throughout the awards the standard of the 2016 entries was the highest I can remember. There was a lot to like and admire. The story I have judged first, Maybe we were the Seals, was so good and so original and so striking. It takes the reader to Cape Kidnappers, back in time, then returns to the present, and along the way makes a detour to a lake in Russia, where there are said to be a lot of seals. A lake in a distant continent, a cape with a gannet colony on the edge of an island in the Pacific – the writer somehow manages to join the dots, in writing that includes bursts of te reo. The story tells a story. It moves towards a moment. It’s a strange and singular piece of writing and it’s the absolutely deserving winner of the 2016 Travcom new travel writing award.”
for her blog: http://youngadventuress.com/
The winner of the Christchurch Airport Award for Best Travel Blog 2016 is Liz Carlson, who blogs as Young Adventuress. This is the second year this award has been given, and the second year that Liz has won it. The judge, Metro magazine's editor-at-large Simon Wilson, said: “Liz Carlson's blog again stood out for the entertaining quality of the writing, for its infusion with her own engaging personality, and because she has things she wants to say. Unlike so many travel bloggers, Liz doesn't merely record the places she has been and the events she has taken part in. She tells us about facing up to her fears, she interrogates her own values and she puts the whole process of travel in larger social, cultural and environmental contexts. She's an enthusiast and she cares, and all those things make her good to read.
Runner up Melanie Dower provides a charming outsider's commentary on her adoptive city, Helsinki, while the other runner up, Megan Singleton, has an inquiring mind and an assiduous commitment to sharing her experiences.”