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To: Creative New Zealand and Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Save NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa

Save NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa

To reinstate the funding of NZ Review of Books which has recently been withdrawn by Creative New Zealand.

Why is this important?

A creative culture needs critics and forums for discussion about art.

NZ Review of Books reviews books published in New Zealand, it is solely dedicated to NZ books and is the only long form print review channel left in NZ. They have been running for nearly 30 years, and their editors estimate they've reviewed 15,000 NZ books in that time. Without funding this journal cannot survive. Without NZ Review of Books, writers, publishers, readers, librarians, booksellers, academics and students lose a vital part of the conversation about NZ literature.

We wish to communicate our dismay at the decision Creative New Zealand have made to stop funding the journal New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa. We ask that Creative New Zealand reconsider this decision.

We believe that by deciding not to fund the journal Creative New Zealand is doing harm to the literary arts ecosystem in Aotearoa by removing one of the load-bearing pillars of critical discussion of books and ideas across multiple disciplines.

As writers, readers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, academics, students and promoters of New Zealand writing, we rely on journals such as this to inform how we buy, lend, read and talk about our own literature.

Our understanding is that Creative New Zealand’s work is to encourage, promote and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We believe the decision to stop funding NZ Review of Books undermines this work. It also sends a message that open discussion, debate and critical exploration of the literary arts and the world of ideas are not valued.

We sign this statement as a protest against the withdrawn funding and to ask that Creative New Zealand will reinstate it so that NZ Review of Books can continue to publish.

Reasons for signing

  • Part of necessary dialogue to increase understanding of New Zealand literature.
  • In support of the artists/writers etc in New Zealand.
  • Because New Zealanders should not be turning into Morons.


2020-01-29 07:30:17 +1300

1,000 signatures reached

2019-11-28 20:27:44 +1300

500 signatures reached

2019-11-27 15:38:08 +1300

Reading Room editor Steve Braunias posted this story today about NZ Review of Books.

2019-11-26 14:22:21 +1300

100 signatures reached

2019-11-26 12:44:54 +1300

50 signatures reached

2019-11-26 11:58:36 +1300

25 signatures reached

2019-11-26 11:50:24 +1300

10 signatures reached

2019-11-26 11:38:32 +1300

This interview on Radio NZ with NZ Review of Books editor, Harry Ricketts, gives information about the journal as well as where they're at with CNZ funding.