• Former Poet Laureate the supreme winner at 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    Former New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh’s first book for children has been judged the supreme winner at the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Mophead was awarded the highest prize in children’s publishing – The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year – during a virtual presentation this evening to […]

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  • New role to champion reading for children launched today

    A reading ambassador for NZ children RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON TRACEY MARTIN A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced […]

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  • New scholarships launched to help disabled writers and writers of colour self-publish

    Local Kiwi author Steff Green makes a living self-publishing romance novels. Now she’s launched an online course helping authors self-publish to a high professional standard – complete with a free scholarship programme for disabled writers and writers of colour.   Green’s online course, How to Rock Self-Publishing, is based on her popular book of the same […]

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  • Cook Islands Language Week – starting Aug 2

    Cook Islands Language Week is going strong   The Cook Islands community around New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate the ninth edition of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week.   Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says it is a proud milestone that reflects on the […]

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  • Report prepared for PLR review issues paper June 2020

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  • New Public Service Act flashes a warning to New Zealand writers

    Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt has highlighted a major piece of legislation that fails to explicitly require public officials to consider their human rights responsibilities.   Commissioner Hunt says “The Public Service Act is a vital piece of law that will shape the public service for many years to come. … I’m astonished that […]

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  • Internet Archive Will End Its Program for Free E-Books

    The nonprofit has said its National Emergency Library was a public service to people unable to access libraries during the pandemic, but publishers and authors accused it of theft. Brewster Kahle is the founder of Internet Archive, which announced plans to close its National Emergency Library next week.Credit…Lianne Milton for The New York Times By Elizabeth […]

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  • ARRESTING DISSENT: LEGISLATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

    Basic democratic rights have increasingly come under siege since the 2016 election, and not just at the federal level. In this report, Arresting Dissent: Legislative Restrictions on the Right to Protest, PEN America shines a spotlight on the proliferation of state-level legislative proposals seeking to limit protest rights. READ THE FULL REPORT » PEN America has documented […]

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  • Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words.

    Aotearoa’s only LGBTQI+ literary festival, Same Same but Different, is excited to announce a special online winter talk series later this month.  From July 24-26th, Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words pairs up fascinating queer writers for five fantastic online conversations. The sessions are all free and being held thanks […]

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  • Update on Review of NZ Copyright Legislation – attn all writers

    On July 8th we received correspondence from MBIE on the Review of the Copyright Act, the message is copied below. This comes on the back of a concerted effort by the publishing, music and screen industries to demonstrate the problems with the November 2019 paper and the revised objectives. We were delighted to secure the […]

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  • COPYRIGHT AND PIRACY – USA AUTHORS GUILD, AMAZON AND PENGUIN RANDOM LAUNCH SUIT

    Top-visibility Authors Guild members join with Amazon Publishing and Penguin Random House in a suit alleging KISS is ‘illegally copying, distributing, and selling works written or published by the plaintiffs.’ In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson Image – iStockphoto: Artisteer Twelve of the Authors Guild’s biggest names are serving as marquee plaintiffs on a new court action filed […]

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  • CALLING POETS AND POETRY LOVERS

    NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2020 AUGUST 21   Our nation’s celebration of poetry on 21 August this year may not be official, but it’s still destined to be exciting, diverse, and fantastic. And we’d like to help you spread the word about it, so if you are planning an event, send us details so we can […]

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