The New Zealand Poetry Society 2017 International Poetry Competition Results out now. See full judges comments. Open Section judged by Cilla McQueen First Place: ‘After the Cyclone’ Alexandra Fraser, Auckland Second Place: ‘Sea Glass’ Margaret Moores, Auckland Third Place: ‘Seeing Red’ Nicholas Williamson, Christchurch Open Junior Section judged by Joanna Preston First Equal: ‘hidden figures’ Joanna […]

Looking for poetry action near you? Here’s our list of poetry events, workshops, groups, and readings that happen regularly in venues throughout New Zealand.

  Here, where I was born, a fragile darkness consumed the wooded hills and mountain tussocks clung to the edges of a rain-soaked world. Rivers twisted in the landscape’s womb as trees bore down with all their strength. Human shadows traversed the blue-black silence, the unsleeping nights. I followed their footprints   and burst into […]

Instagram Poetry Competition NZPS INSTAGRAM POETRY COMPETITION RULES  Follow our Instagram page @nzpoetrysociety ( to find out more and keep up to date.   Congratulations to the winners of the recent NZPS August Instagram Competition: Baraa Hamandi (@baraahamandi) – Winner Ti Point I came back to the place you love, and just so you know, that graveyard […]

My delicate china lady dressed in white a flouncy dress and decorative hat stands with poise at the foot of my bed   you guard my repose you light up the passage   The hall doorway closed to idle grown-up play so I do not feel scared when stairs creak with small footsteps apples drop […]

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival – Auckland 2017 Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland City community – creativity – celebration – connection – collaboration Friday 10 November 3 00pm – 7 00pm Includes a catered p.m. tea, book sales & swaps: finger food and wine at end of day 3 00 – special welcome – refreshments – […]

Shane Holland was elected President of the New Zealand Poetry Society at the AGM on 9 September. Shane will be joined by a new Vice-President, Mike Subritzky. Shane Hollands is principally a performance poet. He is well-known for his innovative work with poet centric music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal. Shane […]

One more month to go! The theme for the November/December 2017 edition of a fine line is ANIMAL. What does that mean to you? Does this image by Hery Zo Rakotondramanana inspire a poem? The deadline: 10 October 2017 NZPS financial members can submit up to four poems (40 lines max). Note: Members receive advance notice of a […]

September 2017:  There’s to be a Japanese Australian Poetry Festival in Melbourne at the end of this month – it’s not often we get the chance to attend a gathering in this part of the world so maybe some Kiwis will take advantage of the proximity. Do let me know if you go as I’d welcome […]