Haere mai! Welcome to the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura directories. Browse through Aotearoa's national books and writers organisations, awards, festivals, writers’ residencies, writers’ grants, literary magazines & journals, and writing courses. If you have something to add to our directories, please email

  • 4th Floor Journal

    The 4th Floor Literary Journal is a selection of work written each year by students and tutors on the creative writing programme at Whitireia New Zealand. Our submissions guidelines tell you how and when you can submit work to the journal.

    The 4th Floor takes its name from the time when the journal began. The writing programme was situated on the fourth floor of the Whitireia Wellington city campus. Though the programme has since shifted, the name 4th Floor has stuck.

  • Alluvia

    Alluvia is a new literary journal, New Zealand based but not bound. We look to publish vibrant and lyric short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, both from established and new writers. Partly emerging from Massey University’s The Publishing Project, Alluvia is saltwater fresh.

  • Alyson Baker

    I live in Nelson, New Zealand, with my partner Tim and Cobweb our cat. I study Shakuhachi and Japanese language. I work at Nelson Public Libraries and love to read and talk about books. Tim and I love to travel and have based many of our trips on wildlife viewing opportunities, especially relating to wolves and other wild dogs.

  • Aotearotica

    Aotearotica is a literary print magazine dedicated to starting a conversation about the world of the erotic, the gendered, the intimate and the political in Aotearoa and beyond.

  • Around the Bookshops

    Barbara Murison (MNZM) was a librarian and reviewer of children's books. She passed away in 2017, aged 85, but her blog Around the Bookshops remains a comprehensive record of New Zealand children's books and publishing. From Barbara's pen: I've been a lover of books all my life. I was so lucky to have been born to parents (and grandparents) who all felt that after love, warm shelter, sufficient food and water, a child should be surrounded by books and given a library card at an early age.

  • Article Magazine

    ARTicle is our new digital magazine, telling Festival and other New Zealand and international arts stories, while also guiding you to the best arts coverage on the web.

  • Ava Knowles

    My name is Ava. I live in Nelson, NZ. I go to Appleby School, which is a country school in Appleby. I am 9 years old and Year 5 at school.

    Sometimes I find it hard to find books that are challenging and interesting for me. I decided to start a blog to help other people choose books to read. I am going to write about some of the books I read which I think my followers will find interesting. I am not reviewing all the books I read because there would be too many to write! Since starting my blog I have discovered that I really enjoy funny books and classics. Here is a photo of me with David Walliams in Auckland.

  • Beattie's Book Blog

    Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.

  • Best NZ Poems

    Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters, and aims to introduce readers to leading contemporary New Zealand poets. The poems are chosen to show the vitality and range of current writing.

  • Better Off Read

    Better off Read is a bit of an experiment. I’m interested in how books stay with and change us. I’m talking to writers about books that we’ve both read. On the whole, we’re not re-reading the books before we talk about them. I’m really interested in what we remember and mis-remember about what we read. I’m interested in how books change how we write and what we write. Because we’re talking casually and without much preparation the conversations will wander and there will be, I expect, spoilers and false-spoilers. I’m not quite sure how it will go or whether it will be interesting or teach me anything about the relationship between writing and reading, but so far, it’s been fun. It’s available on Podbean and Soundcloud.

  • Bob's Book Blog

    After twenty years with the National Library I am now out on my own promoting reading and literacy in schools.

  • BookieMonster

    We created BookieMonster in March 2007 to sell awesome new and secondhand books on Trade Me. We worked very hard to build our reputation for good books and good service and ended our selling with heavy hearts and 100% positive feedback!

  • Booktrailers4KidsandYA

    Booktrailers4KidsandYA is a site dedicated to book trailers and book reviews for children and young adults. Book trailers are such a fun way to preview and promote books. Many are available on youtube but these are just some of my favourites collected here in varying degrees of readership.

  • Brief magazine

    Brief is an independent biannual print journal. It is primarily a space for new writing: writing that does something interesting, experimental, adventurous, challenging, or exploratory. Brief publishes poetry, prose, essays and criticism, hybrid forms, and occasionally visual art. Issues typically contain a mixture of established and emerging writers.

  • Broadsheet: New Zealand Poetry

    broadsheet is a new non-profit New Zealand poetry periodical in chapbook form edited by Wellington writer and HeadworX publisher Mark Pirie.

  • Capricious

    Capricious is a magazine of literary speculative fiction and criticism, edited by A.C. Buchanan and based somewhere close to Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. They collect original, and often weird, writing in quarterly issues – some themed, some anything-goes.

  • Catalyst

    Catalyst is a literary arts journal published from within an old volcano in Lyttelton/Whakaraupo on Banks Peninsula, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Publishing poetry, fiction, experimental writing as well as artwork, design and spoken word recordings on CD from around New Zealand and the world.

  • Children's War Books

    Anzac Day, celebrated every year on April 25th, is a special day for New Zealanders and Australians. While I was researching for my book on the history of Anzac Day, I became interested in the subject of books on war written for children. Many of these are classics, but there are others that are much less well known.

  • Crime Watch

    am a New Zealand features writer and book reviewer with a particular penchant for a well-told crime tale.

  • Deep South

    Deep South is one of New Zealand's longest running electronic literary journals. Established in 1995 by graduates of the University of Otago English and Linguistics department, the journal has published a wide range of new poetry, fiction and non-fiction, scholarly debate and review articles from New Zealand and elsewhere.

  • Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction

    New Zealand's only literary journal dedicated to the short form, founded in 2012, the same year as National Flash Fiction Day, and challenging writers to submit stories up to 250 words. Nominates work each year for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize, and offers two awards annually to a frequent writer showing outstanding merit.

  • Freerange Journal

    Freerange Journal is an ongoing series of publications focusing on issues of design, pirates, politics, eggs, and contemporary wisdom. In the increasingly urban, highly populated and ever-complex planet we exist upon, this project attempts to create an open space for a broad and wide ranging discourse. A dozen issues of Freerange will emerge in the coming years. Currently there are over a hundred participants from some 30 countries with disciplines as varied as: graphic designers, photographers, mathematicians, architects, puppeteers, logicians, former students, doctors, planners, scientists, journalists, dancers, lawyers, teachers and musicians.

  • Geometry

    Geometry is a new international literary endeavour. We seek to publish outstanding literature from our home country, New Zealand, and from around the world.

    We are a digital and print publication dedicated to featuring work by both established and emerging writers. We place no limitations on style or content. Our criterion is distinctive and intelligent writing. We seek fresh voices. We seek diversity. We seek work that captivates and challenges.

  • Headland

    Headland is a quarterly e-publication, featuring the best short stories and creative non-fiction from New Zealand and around the world. We offer aspiring writers a platform for publication alongside more established authors, and award an annual cash prize for the best story published.

  • Hooked on NZ Books

    Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano is a website for teenage readers about New Zealand books and everything to do with reviewing. Find out how to write a great review. Explore our archive of reviews of NZ books of interest to young adult readers. Find out how to get a free book to review. Read interviews by students with NZ writers. If you are between 13-18 send us a review, see it published on the site. Teachers: encourage your students who love to read to explore the site.

  • Ika
    Well-known New Zealand writers mix with emerging South Auckland talent in the newest edition of Ika published by the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • JAAM

    JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) is an annual literary journal published by the JAAM Collective in Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Journal of New Zealand Literature

    The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is the only international, fully peer-reviewed journal devoted to New Zealand literary studies. It is edited within the English Programme of Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Kids Books NZ
    We will select the latest top quality children's books written by New Zealand authors and review them regularly on this site.
  • Kiwi Flora Reads

    I don't want to be a writer, but I love reading what writers write, and love writing reviews about what others write. What better way to impart your love and reverence of reading! So take a look and you might well find something you want to read too.

  • Landfall

    Landfall is New Zealand's foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. It showcases new fiction and poetry, as well as biographical and critical essays, and cultural commentary.

  • Landfall Review Online

    The clear critical voice of Landfall magazine has commented on New Zealand’s literature for more than 60 years. The magazine was shortlisted for the Book Pages of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.

  • Mimicry Journal

    A journal of comedy, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, art and design by young NZ creatives.

  • My Best Friends Are Books

    I’m a School Librarian at a primary school in Christchurch, New Zealand and I love Children’s and Young Adult literature. On this blog I share books that I’m reading, books I want to read, and any other book related news.

    I hope you enjoy my blog and please add your comment

  • New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

    The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre ( nzepc) is a project based at the University of Auckland to set up an electronic gateway to poetry resources in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region. It aims to coordinate existing archival and publishing information, and to present some full-text electronic publication of poetry and commentary in consultation with authors and their publishers. nzepc also promotes live poetry events as and when resources permit and is committed to extending and documenting locations for poetry in the digital environment and its real-world counterpart.

  • NZ Booklovers

    NZ Booklovers is an online home for books, and for those who enjoy reading them. The site was created by book lovers for book lovers. It is a bookworm’s hub, dedicated to bringing New Zealanders everything they need to know about reading and the world of literature, and to making this information accessible to everyone.

  • NZ Books Pukapuka Aotearoa

    Launched in 1991, and this country's journal of record.

    As well as in-depth reviews, you’ll find lively opinion on books and publishing, new poetry, and a prize-winning cryptic crossword. Editors are Harry Ricketts and Louise O'Brien.

  • NZ Poet Laureate Blog

    The award of Poet Laureate celebrates outstanding contributions to New Zealand poetry. For a two-year period, the Laureate is supported by the National Library of New Zealand, through the Alexander Turnbull Library, to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country.

  • NZ Poetry Box

    I live in the country near Bethells Beach (West Auckland) with my partner, artist Michael Hight, our two daughters, three cats and two dogs. I write poetry books for both adults and children, I visit schools, review books and write stories in secret.

  • NZ Poetry Shelf

    Paula Green is a poet, reviewer, children’s author, NZ Book Award judge and anthologist. Two recent books include 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (co-written with Harry Ricketts and short-listed for the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards) and Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (both Random House). Her sixth poetry collection, The Baker’s Thumbprint, was published in May 2013 (Seraph Press). She has also published two collections for children: Flamingo Bendalingo (AUP) and Macaroni Moon (Random House), with a new collection forthcoming from Scholastic. She now runs NZ Poetry Box, a poetry blog for children and is currently editing a treasury of NZ poetry for children.

  • NZ Poets Online
  • Phantom Bill Stickers Café Reader

    Phantom publishes The Café Reader – a topical and edgy quarterly literary ‘zine featuring emerging and established Kiwi authors and poets.

  • Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa
    PANZA is an original idea developed by Paekakariki poet/publisher/bookseller Michael O’Leary in 1999. Niel Wright has written an early history of the archive (see The Early History of the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa, 2010 – the National Library in Wellington holds a copy). PANZA’s collection has been in progress for the last ten years and a considerable archive has been collected in that time.
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  • Reading Is Bliss
    Karen Tay is a confirmed book junkie and armchair critic. She’ll read anything, from literary classics to popular fiction, short stories, poetry - even the safety instructions in the back pocket of aeroplane seats. She dreams of one day owning the world’s most amazing library.
  • Red Pen Reviews

    Red Penn Reviews is the “front door” for Red Penn Services based in Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand. Red Penn offers both Reviewing, and Editing services. Reviewing books of many genres, many periods, many styles…for a variety of readers, and gratis. I review for publishers and my favourite authors and in my favoured genre (crime). All reviews are written subjectively, to help the reader select a book worthy of buying, not to necessarily please the author’s marketing plan.

  • Sport

    Sport is edited and published by Fergus Barrowman, who founded the magazine in 1988 with Elizabeth Knox, Nigel Cox and Damien Wilkins, with assistance from Bill Manhire, Alan Preston and Andrew Mason.

    Sport was published twice a year until November 2003, and is now published annually.

  • Starling

    Starling is an online literary journal showcasing the best new poetry and prose from young new zealand writers.

  • Street Women Press

    Street Women Press was formed in 1996 by poets Philippa Elphick and Paula Harris. The pair had met in early 1995 through a writing group in Palmerston North, and, over several meals and a lot of talking, decided to join forces as StreetWomen and publish a book of poetry.

  • Takahe

    Founded in 1989, takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews in related areas. Many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s brightest literary talents made their first public appearance within our pages, and we remain committed to publishing the best work from emerging talents alongside that of established writers and artists.

  • Talking Books

    The monthly podcast from the New Zealand Book Council, in which New Zealand’s top writers, journalists, academics and newsmakers dissect latest releases and enduring classics. With a focus on New Zealand writing and writers, the podcast is an important addition to the national arts discussion.

  • Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction

    Auckland University Press currently publishes around 25 books a year. With traditional strengths in history and politics, art and architecture, literature and poetry, Māori, Pacific and Asian Studies, the Press is also developing lists in science, business and health.

  • The Lumiere Reader

    The Lumière Reader specialises in film criticism, arts journalism, and digital documentaries by leading New Zealand writers and filmmakers. As a print magazine and online journal, it has strived to elevate the discourse on film and arts culture in New Zealand since 2003. The website ceased publishing on March 31, 2016, though remains online in an archival state.

  • The Pantograph Punch

    Since 2011, we’ve been publishing punchy arts and cultural commentary in Aotearoa New Zealand, from personal essays to criticism and reviews to interviews and analysis. We make videos and podcasts and produce unique live events, which are broadcast over the summer on RNZ.

  • The Phantom Paragrapher

    Here at The Phantom Paragrapher , we aim to be your number one stop for book recommendations . From Amish Fiction to Demons and Fallen Angels to Chick Lit and Non-Fiction . Whether you are searching for Children's Books , Tweens , Teens/YA , New Adult or Adult fiction - Here at The Phantom Paragrapher - we cater to all your literary needs.

  • The Red Room

    Sarah Jane Barnett is a poet, creative writing teacher, and book reviewer. Her poetry has been published in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, and anthologised in Best New Zealand Poems, Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Godwit), and Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (Random House). Her debut collection A Man Runs into a Woman (Hue & Cry Press, 2012) was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Her second collection, WORK (Hue & Cry Press), was released in October 2015. Sarah was the recipient of the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary and the Estate Phoebe Maunsell Scholarship. She teaches creative writing at Massey University. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband, partner, and son.

  • The Spinoff Books

    The Spinoff is an online magazine which covers sports and pop culture for New Zealand. We also have a custom editorial division which creates smart, shareable content for your brand.

  • The Wireless


    The Wireless aims to produce inspiring, insightful and entertaining stories for New Zealanders who have grown up in the digital age. The site is updated with new content every weekday. Share your story tips, ideas and opinions.

  • Toitoi

    Toitoi celebrates the ideas, imaginations and creative spirit of our young writers and artists. We publish material with an original and authentic voice that other young people can connect to and be inspired by and that reflects the cultures and experiences of life in New Zealand.

    If you are a young New Zealand writer or artist and you are 5-13 years old, we would love to hear from you.

  • Trendy But Casual

    Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. A graduate of creative writing programs at Victoria University in Wellington and the University of Iowa, Paula has taught creative writing in the UK, New Zealand, Europe, China and the US. She currently teaches at the University of Auckland.

  • Trout

    Trout is intended to provide a forum for the poetry, prose, reviews, interviews, photography and artwork of or about New Zealand and/or Pacific writers and artists. Submissions from outside the Pacific Rim may occasionally be accepted.

  • Tuesday Poem

    Tuesday Poets are from New Zealand, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy and Lesotho. Our communal blog turned three in April 2013.

  • Turbine | Kaphohau

    Turbine | Kapohau is an online literary journal published annually since 2001 by the International Institute of Modern Letters. It presents new work by our creative writing students alongside poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers.

  • We Heart Books

    Booksellers NZ is the membership organisation for New Zealand booksellers. This blog includes book reviews, author interviews, and author event and literary festival coverage.

  • Well Read Kitty