• Announcing the mentees and mentors for the first annual NZSA Kaituhi Māori Mentorship Programme

    The NZ Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa Te Kaituhi Māori has announced the inaugural recipients of its The NZSA Kaituhi Māori Mentorship and Kupu Kaitiaki Programmes. We are pleased to announce the five emerging writers who have each been selected for a six-month opportunity to work closely with an acclaimed Māori writer as their mentor […]

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  • The Michael King Writers Centre announces recipients of  International Exchange with Australia

    Media Release New Zealand writer Dominic Hoey and Australian writer Kathryn Heyman have been announced as the recipients of the 2024 New Zealand-Australia residency exchange, an international residency programme held by Varuna, the Australian National Writers House in collaboration with the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland.   The four-week residency exchange will take place […]

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    Copyright Licensing NZ appointed as collection agency for Artist Resale Royalty Scheme

    June 14 2024 “I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Copyright Licensing New Zealand as the collection agency for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Artist Resale Royalty Scheme,” said Leauanae Laulu Mac Leauanae, Tumu Whakarae Secretary and Chief Executive Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Artist Resale Royalty Scheme will ensure that creators […]

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  • Kete Books Winter Reading catalogue out now

    New NZ Books… Here’s a link to the Winter Reading campaign on the Coalition website: https://coalitionforbooks.nz/winterreading2024  This year’s catalogue features exciting new fiction, books for tamariki and rangatahi, a wide range of compelling nonfiction, and a selection of brilliant new books for Matariki. It brings together 77 new books from Aotearoa published in the lead-up […]

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  • Raise the Roof for Randell Cottage: Live Letters

    Media release June 7, 2024 Letters read live in support of historic writer’s cottage The lost art of letter writing and reading will be reignited at Live Letters, a special fundraising event on July 15. Raise the Roof for Randell Cottage: Live Letters brings together an eclectic group of literary luminaries to read aloud poignant, […]

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  • Local New Zealand publisher Exisle Publishing launches the international Children’s Publishing Academy with a writing competition

      Dunedin-based book publisher Exisle Publishing has launched an international Children’s Publishing Academy aimed at supporting budding children’s book authors. The Children’s Publishing Academy provides a forum where authors can have the opportunity to learn from a leading children’s publishing professional as well as from other published authors. ‘Breaking through as a children’s author is […]

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  • BIG NAMES FEATURE ON NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST

    For immediate release, Thursday 6 June 2024 Books that will delight and inform – from big names such as Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, Stacy Gregg, Tessa Duder and Donovan Bixley as well as talented newcomers – have been announced today as finalists in the 2024 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The […]

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  • SLANZA: Building on Structured Literacy: We Need to Fund School Libraries

    Media Release 30 May 2024 The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) is concerned by the absence of funding in today’s budget announcement for essential school library resources to address the falling literacy rates in Aotearoa New Zealand. “Whilst we applaud the allocation of funds to structured literacy programmes, we are concerned that […]

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  • The five regional winners of the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

    The Commonwealth Foundation is delighted to announce the five regional winners of the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Reena Usha Rungoo (Mauritius) for the Africa region Sanjana Thakur (India) for the Asia region Julie Bouchard (Canada) for the Canada and Europe region (translated from French into English by Arielle Aaronson) Portia Subran (Trinidad and Tobago) for […]

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  • Allen & Unwin NZ announces Children’s List and new Publishing Director

    Allen & Unwin New Zealand is delighted to announce the newly created role of Publisher at Large for Jenny Hellen who is handing over her role as Publishing Director to Michelle Hurley. Jenny will continue to publish some of her bestselling authors such as Chelsea Winter, Ruth Shaw, Lotta Dann and Doug Gold and will […]

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  • Have you published a Māori book between Matariki 2023 and Matariki 2024?

    If so, The Māori Literature Trust wants to hear from you!  The MLT is compiling a list of Māori Books for an upcoming series, to celebrate the many Māori books  that have been brought into te ao Mārama in the past year. Please note that this is not an award or competition, but an opportunity to […]

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  • Record-breaking attendance signals a new era for Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki

    May 20, 2024   The Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki has broken all attendance records, ushering in a bold and exciting new era for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest literary festival. Held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre from 14 – 19 May, attendance reached a record high of more than 85,000. The programme was designed to […]

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