• Auckland Writers Festival Continues Its Record-Breaking Run

    People of all ages flocked to the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its previous attendance record with more than 82,000 seats filled across seven days of tremendous conversations, inspiring performances and theatres filled with laughter at venues throughout the city’s centre. The Festival, which has seen year-on-year growth in the last eight […]

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  • NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS LAUNCHES 2019 AUTHOR EVENTS PROGRAMME UNDER EXCITING NEW BANNER

    The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has announced the 2019 dates for its successful nationwide series of finalist author events under an exciting new banner – Books Alive. Large scale Books Alive events for school children will take place in Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington in the week leading up to […]

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  • SECONDARY SCHOOL BOOKLIST – NZ Books

    NZSA and NZBC have prepared this list for teachers with links to teachers notes, that are appropriate for use in the classroom. NCEA examiners bemoan the lack of local content, so this link, with resources, reading ages and themes will give our schools an annual GO TO list of what is in print. This link has been […]

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  • Storylines ‘What Now’ TV2 Kid’s Pick announced

    Congratulations to Stacy Gregg! The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg (published by Harper Collins) was announced on TVNZ2 on Sunday 14th April as the Storylines Kids’ Pick of the Storylines Junior Fiction Notable Books on What Now. The response to the competition was ‘unprecedented’ according to the What Now producers. Lyla by Fleur Beale (Allen & […]

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  • Honorary doctorate for literacy champion Dame Wendy Pye

    Educational publishing entrepreneur and literacy advocate Dame Wendy Pye, who received an honorary Doctor of Education. ‘Teaching the world to read’ has been educational publishing phenomenon Dame Wendy Pye’s mission and mantra for 35 years. Now, Massey University is celebrating the life-changing impact of her early literacy resources to children all over the planet, from […]

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  • A wave of women’s voices carry Best New Zealand Poems

      The latest edition of the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems is now live, featuring 25 poems chosen by Dunedin-based novelist, poet, playwright, and non-fiction author Fiona Farrell. The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington has published the anthology annually since 2001, with support from Creative New Zealand. While […]

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  • $1 million for Communities of Readers

    Hon Tracey Martin Internal Affairs A grant of $1 million to Te Puna Foundation will fund a new initiative designed to connect more children and young people to reading, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Minister said improving children’s lives was a priority for the Government. “Helping with their reading and literacy development […]

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  • Reading in the digital age

    17 April 2019 The New Zealand Book Council According to Internet New Zealand, 93% of us use the internet once a day or more. We now get much of our information and pleasure from our online worlds. If we are reading, much of our reading will be online, on screen. Some things about the online […]

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  • NZSA Submission to Tomorrows’ Schools Review

    March 2019 NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (PEN NZ INC)                         Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa Background on NZSA: The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa was established in 1934 and is the principal organisation representing and supporting New Zealand writers. We are a membership-based organisation, representing nearly […]

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  • NZ: How journalists can improve diversity in the media

    http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/nz-how-journalists-can-improve-diversity-media-10316 Item: 10316 Thursday, March 28, 2019 OPINION: By Michael Andrew, of Pacific Media Watch AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The New Zealand mainstream media has done two things in the past fortnight – it’s shown just how good it can be with excellent reporting of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. And it’s shown […]

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  • The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2019 programme is out!

    9-12 May We’ll throw you four days of terrific talk across 36 events, with a cast of over 60 participants. We’re thrilled to welcome eight overseas guests ? bestselling Irish novelist John Boyne (pictured); BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip-hop artist and author Akala; charisma-blessed English writer/performer Rebecca Vaughan (back for a third time, no […]

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  • Auckland Writers Festival 2019 programme

    The Prime Minister, Jeff Tweedy, Sir Antony Beevor among Stellar 2019 Auckland Writers Festival Line-up The 20th Auckland Writers Festival programme launches today, revealing a line-up of more than 200 events featuring over 230 globally acclaimed public intellectuals and much-loved literary stars offering conversation, laughter, ideas and inspiration for audiences of all ages from 13 […]

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