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New Zealand Poet Laureate Award

New Zealand Poet Laureate Award

The award of Poet Laureate celebrates outstanding contributions to New Zealand poetry. For a two-year period, the Laureate is supported by the National Library to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country.

The Laureate is an accomplished and highly regarded poet who can speak on behalf of New Zealand poetry, and to its readers.

New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2019–2021 is David Eggleton

The value of the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award is $100,000 over the two-year period. The Laureate receives $80,000 (before tax), with the balance held by the National Library to cover the cost of the Laureate’s tokotoko, events, promotion and related activities.

Poet Laureate blog

The Poet Laureate blog showcases the work of the Poet Laureate and promotes poetry. The blog is a great source of New Zealand poetry from past and present Laureates.

New Zealand Poet Laureate blog

Nominations

The National Library considers public nominations and those from a variety of sources, including New Zealand libraries, universities and creative-writing programmes.

Nominations are considered by the New Zealand Poet Laureate Advisory Group, and the Laureate is appointed by the Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

More information on the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award and nominations


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