Writers in Communities
We enable communities whose voices would otherwise be marginalised to tell their stories. Communities host a writer-in-residence who works alongside them to develop their stories, culminating in a published book and launch event.
An extension to our Writers in Schools programme, we have delivered our standalone Writers in Communities projects every year since 2013.
Together with the National Library and the Reading Together programme, a Ministry of Education-supported project which encourages family and whānau to read to their children, we discussed ideas for collaborative projects which would make a real difference in the community.
Writers in Communities was the result. It gives students the chance to get up close and personal with some wonderfully creative writers, and it is also uncovering some budding young authors and illustrators.
In 2021, we partnered with the Ministry of Education to deliver six projects in Pasifika language communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
However in most cases, schools host an author-in-residence over two terms. The authors encourage and inspire the students to develop their creative writing talents, and help them to publish their work in an anthology.
Families in the community also have the chance to participate in workshops, exploring the ideas their children write about. They give the writers suggestions of what might draw their children out. And some, much to their own surprise, do some writing themselves.
And let’s not forget the teachers – over 100 of them enjoy writing workshops and professional development sessions with our five writers, which spark ideas to get their students enjoying all that a good book has to offer.
The projects culminate in a celebratory book launch for students and their families.
- 2015: Fairburn School (Paula Green), Panama Road School (Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor), Ōtāhuhu Primary (Vasanti Unka), St Joseph’s Ōtāhuhu (Lino Nelisi), Ōtāhuhu Intermediate (Paula Morris)
- 2016: Fairburn School (Tony Williams), Panama Road School (Melinda Szymanik), Ōtāhuhu Primary (Vasanti Unka), St Joseph’s Ōtāhuhu (Selina Tusitala Marsh), Ōtāhuhu Intermediate (Paula Morris)
- 2017: Fairburn School (Janice Marriott and Zechariah Soakai), Panama Road School (Melinda Szymanik), Ōtāhuhu Primary (Vasanti Unka), St Joseph’s Ōtāhuhu (Selina Tusitala Marsh), Ōtāhuhu Intermediate (Siobhan Harvey), Featherston School (Fifi Colston), South Featherston School (Jan Farr), St Teresa’s School (Philippa Werry)
- 2018: Fairburn School (Sue Copsey), Panama Road School (Melinda Szymanik), Ōtāhuhu Primary (Zechariah Soakai), St Joseph’s Ōtāhuhu (Vasanti Unka), Ōtāhuhu Intermediate (Daren Kamali), Pahiatua School (Ali Foster), Balance School & Pongaroa School (Diana Neild), Mangataioka School (Jan Farr), Mangatainoka School (Jan Farr)
- 2019: Papatoetoe Intermediate (Vasanti Unka) and St Mary MacKillop School (David Riley)
- 2020: Papatoetoe Intermediate (Vasanti Unka) and Flat Bush School (David Riley)
- 2021: Hato Pāora College (te hā with IIML) and Pacific Advance Secondary School (David Riley, Reading Warrior)
For more information on our annual schools community project, email our Programmes Manager
Watch a short Tagata Pasifika film about the launch of Te Kinakina in 2021tpplus.co.nz/community/twelve-cook-island-women-write-a-book-about-life-in-tokoroa/
Listen to RNZ report from the launch of Voqa ni Veisemati: Vola Italanoa ni Viti e Aotearoa in 2021rnz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2018815904/wellington-fijian-community-launch-language-book
Writers in SchoolsWe bring writers and illustrators to your students and staff, either in person or virtually.Learn more about Writers in Schools01
Writers in CommunitiesWe enable communities whose voices would otherwise be marginalised to tell their stories.Learn more about Writers in Communities02
Writers in Youth JusticeWe take creative writing to youth justice residences to encourage participation and produce books by rangatahi that reflect their lived experience.Learn more about Writers in Youth Justice03
National Reading SurveySince 2016, our regular national research has delivered insights on reading in Aotearoa New Zealand.Learn more about National Reading Survey04
Summer Reading ChallengeOur Summer Reading Challenge helps motivate tamariki to keep reading for pleasure during the school holidays.Learn more about Summer Reading Challenge05
The Reading DoctorOur Reading Doctor column addresses barriers to reading identified by everyday Kiwis.Learn more about The Reading Doctor06
Annual Pānui / LectureThe Annual Pānui provides an opportunity for one of our country’s leading writers to discuss an aspect of literature close to their heart.Learn more about Annual Pānui / Lecture07
Rāmere ShortsFancy a weekly creative writing exercise? Join us for Rāmere Shorts - it’s fun, quick and friendly!Learn more about Rāmere Shorts08
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