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Ian Wedde's tokotoko, photographed by Julia Brooke-White

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 Alexander Turnbull 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 2017–2019 is Selina Tusitala Marsh

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 Turnbull Library to cover the cost of the Laureate’s tokotoko, events, promotion and related activities.


Feature image by Julia Brooke-White.