Resources for NZ creative sector

Creative NZ

Funding, training, collaboration and internships, logistics, and advocacy for policy.


The Big Idea

Managed by a not-for-profit trust, The Big Idea provides resources (work opportunities, event listings, arts stories and creative inspiration) for the NZ creative sector, “including those seeking to turn their ‘big ideas’ into viable projects, careers and businesses”.



NZ literary journals & cultural magazines

I thought it might be useful to have a list of NZ literary and cultural magazines.

If you know of any others, please do let me know.



New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal: new fiction and poetry, biographical and critical essays, artist portfolios, cultural commentary, and reviews of recent books, art, film, drama and dance.

Landfall Review Online

An online book-reviews-only extension of the biannual Landfall journal, LRO publishes six to eight reviews each month in addition to the reviews in the print edition. An archive of all previous online reviews is on the site.


Pantographic Punch

“Our kaupapa is to offer a platform for a wide range of experiences, ideas, and voices – including talented emerging writers… punchy arts and cultural commentary in Aotearoa New Zealand, …”: personal essays, criticism and reviews, interviews, analysis, videos and podcasts, and live events (broadcast over the summer on RNZ).



A now-annual publication, Sport publishes short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from New Zealand writers or writers with a New Zealand connection.

An open access, full text archive of Sport is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington Library’s New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.



Commits to publishing emerging creators as well as established writers and artists. Covers short stories, poetry, art, essays, interviews, and book reviews from Aotearoa New Zealand. Takahē is published in print in April and December, and online in August.


Ika Journal

Ika publishes writers and artists from South Auckland, and from across Aotearoa and the Pacific – “to nourish and disseminate the arts with a Pacific focus from its home in Manukau”.



An e-publication of short stories and creative nonfiction from New Zealand and beyond.


Hue & Cry





Salient’s Guide to NZ Literary Journals


The Sapling

Writing about children’s books and their contexts, content and creation.



And then things get blurry. The following have literary content but are focused as much on news and current-affairs as they are concerned with books and letters.


New Zealand current affairs & cultural content from The Listener, Radio NZ, North & South, Metro, and (the now-discontinued) Paperboy.

The Spinoff

The Wireless


Useful resources for introductory te reo Māori: classes, online resource and apps.

Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori

Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori (Māori Langauge Commission) is an “autonomous Crown entity”set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.

Check out the website for the extensive work they do, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

In 2018 Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is 10-16 o Mahura (10-16 September). The theme is “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!”

Colleagues tell me LIANZA Otago/Southland are considering holding an event for librarians in late July in preparation for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. I’ll add the details here as soon as I can.


The Spinoff – Where to learn te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa for free or next to nothing

A comprehensive list of introductory te reo Māori classes, NZ-wide.


Māori greetings and phrases from VUW (website, directory)


He aha tenei? (app)

“He aha tēnei?” (What is this?) is an interactive Te Reo Māori drag and drop game for kids and their caregivers. Match each part of the word to hear it pronounced. Complete the word to hear it in full.”


Te Pūmanawa

“The Te Pūmanawa mobile app contains two separate programmes; Te Reo Taketake: A Māori Language Course for Beginners and Te Ao Māori: The Māori World. This is a new and exciting programme for learning the basics of the Māori language or for people who have no prior knowledge of Māori.

The programme is intended for beginners.There are video clips and activities which will help you learn the basic fundamentals of the Māori language, ‘te reo Māori’.”



Te reo Māori course are listed here.


Kura – te kura Māori

“Compete against friends while battling for language supremacy”.  iOS only.


Tipu Te Reo Māori

“Koi is your teacher. She has an innovative Personalised Progression Memory which allows her to remember what words and phrases you know and which ones you need a little extra testing on”



Language learning (including the red Maori) gamified.