The New Zealand Poetry Society is an incorporated non-profit organisation which aims to advance education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. The NZPS - CC20250 - is a registered charitable entity in terms of the Charities Act 2005. For more information visit the Charities Register at Donations over $5 are tax-deductible in New Zealand and greatly appreciated. This website and all its content is copyrighted.



   Fiona Kidman    Vincent O'Sullivan












Dame Fiona Kidman ( and Vincent O'Sullivan, Past Poet Laureate


  • The 2016 International Poetry Competition is now closed.

    The results can be found at:

  • Our competition runs annually from March to 31st May. Members are entitled to reduced fees for entering this. All entries are eligible for selection for our annual anthology, and may not be submitted elsewhere before 31st August in the competition year.

  • Anthology - We publish an annual anthology showcasing both the winners and placegetters in our competition and an editorial selection of the rest of the entries. The 2016 Anthology, Penguin days, edited by Laurice Gilbert, is available for general purchase. You can order the Anthology at: NZPS Members may buy the anthology at a special members' and contributors' price. 

  • a fine line is our bimonthly magazine, with a feature article, poetry book reviews, details of poetry opportunities, and much more. We publish poems submitted by our members only. Submissions to sections other than the poetry page are welcome from non-members. See publication guidelines at:

    You can read past copies by clicking here.

  • Monthly Meetings - due to the unexpected loss of our venue, we won't be holding monthly meetings until further notice. Watch this space for information on when we can resume.

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Help The New Zealand Poetry Society raise money by doing the occasional survey by email. Every time you complete a survey we'll get paid for it! Click this link to sign up:

This fundraising programme is run through a website called BuzzthePeople, and they've raised over $349,474.91 for New Zealand charities, schools and individuals since they started in 2005. When you do the surveys you'll also have the chance to win prizes with monthly giveaways and the occasional big prize (they've given away 3 cars, laptops, iPhones and iPad + 3 lots of $10,000 cash over the same period).

Buzz runs surveys for all sorts of organisations, ranging from Government departments to ad agencies and media companies. You can unsubscribe at any time you like and they never use our member details for any promotional offers.

Please do sign up - and send this link to all your friends too so we can make a real difference!


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We are grateful to Community Post for its generous support of postage costs related with administering the Junior sections of our annual poetry competition. We also acknowledge the invaluable assistance of for e-business consultancy.    


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