Not only does the Book Council talk the talk, it walks the talk. I’m constantly amazed at the range of work it does for our books and writers. What would the industry do without it? One great activity it organises is for writers to go into schools. A real author in the classroom? You can’t get better than that. – Witi Ihimaera


Our programmes are the cornerstone of our mission to enrich kiwi communities through the power of reading.

  • Our highly regarded Writers in Schools programme involves more than 40,000 children each year. We connect writers with young readers from the inner city to remote rural classrooms.

  • Our research provides new strategies for increasing the number of lifelong readers for pleasure, and for encouraging greater consumption of New Zealand books.

  • Our annual NZBC Lecture provides an opportunity for one of our country’s leading writers to discuss an aspect of literature close to their heart.

  • Our travelling author programme Words on Wheels enables readers in all corners of the country to meet New Zealand writers.

  • Our True Stories Told Live storytelling events bring writers, artists, musicians and other creatives to Kiwi audiences around the country.

We also have a great range of online resources:

  • The Reading Room is your A-Z of lively written, audio and video content on New Zealand books and writers. Alongside original NZBC content, enjoy the latest reviews, commentary, interviews and book recommendations on the web, handpicked by the Book Council team.

  • The NZ Book Scene is a guide to the NZ literary sector. Browse our directories of national organisations, awards, festivals, residencies, grants, magazines, journals and writing courses, and stay up-to-date with the latest industry news with our NZ Book Scene news blog.

  • Our NZ Literary Events calendar - whether it’s a festival, book launch, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event in your community again. The brilliant part about this calendar is that any person or organisation can add an event!
  • Our unique online biographies of more than 600 New Zealand writers is the most comprehensive collection of information about Kiwi writers and illustrators on the web.

  • Our School Library blog features reviews by our member school librarians of the latest New Zealand books for children and young adults.

  • Our NZBC Stories section keeps you in-the-know with latest NZBC news. Read about all the cool things we get up to every month - including our Ōtāhuhu schools community project, latest reading campaigns, and new book partnerships and initiatives