About Us

The New Zealand Poetry Society supports and promotes poets and poetry in New Zealand. Established in 1973, we engage with individuals and communities across New Zealand who share a sense of curiosity and excitement about poetry. In particular, we:

  • run the prestigious annual NZPS International Poetry Competition
  • publish an annual anthology showcasing the best competition entries
  • publish a high-quality quarterly magazine called a fine line
  • organize and run events for poets and poetry lovers across New Zealand
  • partner up with like-minded organizations like Haiku NZ and Printable Reality
  • promote and publish the work of our members.


NZPS Poetry Services

The New Zealand Poetry Society offers services to members and the public in the following areas.

Poetry Advisory Service

We offer a Poetry Advisory Service to provide writers of poetry with a written critique from an experienced poet on a sample of their work. This is a support service for any poets who wish to develop their work, including non-members. The service provides focused and constructive feedback from an individual member of a panel of experienced and published New Zealand poets selected for their proven teaching skills.

We’re always on the lookout for suitably qualified members who would be available to provide this service. You can register your interest by emailing info@poetrysociety.org.nz.

Rent a Poet

Our members are periodically available for readings, workshops, visits to schools, or other public appearances, and we add their names here. If you’re interested in being available for this very thing, send us an email at info@poetrysociety.org.nz.

Poetry advice

We offer advice on getting published, along with a list of publishers in New Zealand that are open to receiving submissions. We also offer advice on avoiding scam poetry competitions and publishing opportunities.

Donations & fundraising: How to support the NZ Poetry Society

We greatly appreciate any contribution to our work supporting poets and promoting poetry in New Zealand. Donations over $5 are tax-deductible in New Zealand as we are a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005.

View our registration details on the New Zealand Charities register (CC20250).

Support us through our fundraising options

We have opportunities for you to support the New Zealand Poetry Society when you make purchases through the following organistions.

Organic Boxes

Everyone loves good food and feeling good about the food they are eating. Organic Boxes delivers fresh certified organic fruit and vegetables direct from the grower to your home each week. It’s fresh, tasty, nutritious and good for the environment too. Organic Boxes delivers anywhere in the North Island (except for R.D. addresses).

You can place an order on the Organic Boxes website, adding the code NZPS2013 in the Voucher Code box. Not only do you get a really good selection of organic foods, but you help us in the process! It’s win-win!


We are affiliated with Fishpond so that every time you enter their online store via our website and then make a purchase, we get a tiny wee cut of what you spend. Support us by using this link to purchase products via Fishpond today.

Online surveys

Help the New Zealand Poetry Society raise money by doing the occasional survey by email. Every time you complete a survey we’ll get paid for it! Click this link to sign up: http://www.buzzthepeople.co.nz/helpfundraise.aspx?s=303A8CBB

This fundraising programme is run through a website called BuzzthePeople, and they’ve raised over $349,474.91 for New Zealand charities, schools and individuals since they started in 2005. When you do the surveys you’ll also have the chance to win prizes with monthly giveaways and the occasional big prize (they’ve given away 3 cars, laptops, iPhones and iPad + 3 lots of $10,000 cash over the same period).

Buzz runs surveys for all sorts of organisations, ranging from Government departments to ad agencies and media companies. You can unsubscribe at any time you like. Buzz never uses our member details for any promotional offers.

Please do sign up — and send this link to all your friends too so we can make a real difference!