About Us

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the late Jill Chan, who left a generous bequest to the New Zealand Poetry Society.

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
  • partner up with like-minded organizations like Haiku NZ
  • promote public poetry events and opportunities
  • support the Lauris Edmond Award.


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.

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).