Central Districts Branch

Central Districts Branch has a membership spread across a wide geographical region – from Gisborne to Napier, Manawatu, Otaki, Whanganui to New Plymouth. We currently have around 127 members.

Events happen in urban centres throughout the region, and range from writers’ meetings, speaker events, workshops and competitions through to involvement in arts festivals and other events in the wider literary and arts scene. Because we are so widely spread we try to encourage local meetings as a way of providing a forum for members to discuss issues relating to their careers and to expand their knowledge. We meet officially as a Branch for the AGM – April/May – and at other times through the year, shifting the venue around the region (if you’re interested in hosting, let us know!) … but to ensure we can meet the needs of all our members we are building an online presence on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NZsAuthorsCentralDistrictsBranch) as well as here on the NZSA website.

Hubs – local groups of writers – are well established in Havelock North and Palmerston North, and newly in Gisborne and Whanganui – come along to your local hub and gain the benefits of discussion, camaraderie, shared experience and support. And if there isn’t a group close to you, think about setting one up!

Central Districts Summer Essay Competition

Central Districts are running an Essay Competition over the 2021/2022 summer, which has the theme: Where I live  to celebrate the wonder and diversity of the region.  Essays should be about a local person or place and will be judged in February by David Hill

This competition is open to all writers currently living within the NZSA Central Districts Region (you can check the boundaries on map displayed on the authors.org.nz CD Branch page).
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 31 January 2022

Central Districts Summer Essay Competition Entry Form


Branch Chair: Cristina Sanders
Treasurer: Susan Wylie
Secretary: Robyn Salisbury

Regional Delegate: Tess Redgrave

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