Our role as a Toi Tōtara Haemata organisation

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The New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa currently holds a key role for literature in Aotearoa as a Toi Tōtara Haemata organisation, under Creative New Zealand’s funding programme. All our work supports this role, which is to deliver quality programmes and champion literary endeavours around the country.

As a Tōtara organisation we:

  • collaborate with publishers and support their writers through events, online content and publicity
  • partner with literary festivals around the country
  • keep writers and readers up to date with the latest industry news, features and issues
  • run online and live campaigns to encourage reading and storytelling
  • promote the joy of reading and writing to children through our many Writers in Schools programmes.