• October 3, 2020

Ian Wards Prize 2020

Sarah GaitanosShirley Smith

The ARANZ Council is pleased to announce that Sarah Gaitanos has been awarded the Ian Wards Prize for her book Shirley Smith: an Examined Life, Victoria University Press, Wellington.

Shirley Smith was one of the most remarkable New Zealanders of the 20th century, a woman whose lifelong commitment to social justice, legal reform, gender equality and community service left a profound legacy.


The Ian Wards Prize honours the contribution to New Zealand scholarship of Ian McLean Wards, Chief Government Historian between 1968 and 1983, and, through his actions and unceasing advocacy over a period of more than 50 years, one of the principal architects of New Zealand’s modern archives system.

This annual prize recognises a published work which makes substantial, imaginative and exemplary use of New Zealand archives and records. The publication must appropriately and fully reference the archives and records used.