We believe reading makes life better. Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council) helps grow the next generation of readers by delivering programmes in schools and communities.

Our special name expresses the concept of moving from darkness into light, as told in the Māori creation story. This metaphor can also be used to describe what happens during the process of reading.

'Muramura' is a glowing ember, flame or blaze, and 'pou' is an upright supporting post or pole. Te Pou Muramura speaks to the sustenance of a blaze, in the way that reading can spark a glow or light in our minds.

We run campaigns to encourage New Zealanders to read, research our reading habits and barriers to reading, and advocate for the importance of reading.

Visit our blog for reading lists, tips, ideas and resources for how you can bring more books into your life.

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Becky Manawatu is journalist and novelist, currently living in Westport on the West Coast of the South Island. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Auē, which won the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction as well as the Hubert Chur

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