Judges for 2018 New Zealand Heritage Week Book and Writing Awards

We are thrilled to have some of the country's top writers judging this years awards and share brief bios of them below. Thank you so much to our judges without whom this competition could not take place. Professor Tom Brooking: Judge Non Fiction Book Tom has published seven sole author books, two co-authored books, and... Continue Reading →


Writing Workshops

In association with The NZ Heritage Book Awards and Creative NZ Writing Poetry with Kathleen Gallagher Writing Short Prose and Memoire with Jenny Haworth. Four sessions - $15 each or $50 for all four. Mondays 5-7pm - July 2, 9, 16, 13 WEA, 59 Gloucester St, Christchurch. Hone your skills and ensure your entry into... Continue Reading →

The Helicopter Response to the Christchurch Fires

This article was written by local member and committee secretary Jill McCaw, and was published in Kiwi Flyer. (Photo above by John McCaw, photo below by Richie McCaw) Firefighting is a big part of the summer workload of New Zealand helicopter companies. In February 2017, when wildfires encroached on the populated outskirts of Christchurch, helicopter... Continue Reading →

FREE Writing Workshops – Register now!

Once again, we've put together a fantastic line up of NZ writers, for a weekend series of writing workshops. And thanks to Creative New Zealand, they're free! Register here, now! FRIDAY EVENING: Talks with Q&A 5.30 pm Novels for Old and Young, with Mandy Hager Mandy Hager is a multi-award-winning writer for both young adults... Continue Reading →

And the Award goes to…

It is my great honour to announce the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. On Wednesday evening, we held a cozy event at the gorgeous old Malthouse Theatre in Christchurch. Many of the shortlisted writers, along with others in the writing community and local NZ Society of Authors branch,... Continue Reading →

Spring has Sprung… with Scribes

The scribblers are about to land! The wordsmiths, the storytellers, the poets, playwrights and publishers, they're coming to town and, like Santa Claus, bring gifts, and hope, and an excellent excuse to get together with people you love. That is, all you writers in and around Canterbury. Yes, the lot of you. Even the weird... Continue Reading →

October Fest: Literary Edition

We at the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Society of Authors are thrilled to bring you FREE writing workshops this October! Thanks to Creative NZ, you'll get ten incredible sessions to choose from, for the grand price of zero dollars! Mark your diaries for... Friday 13 October, from 5.30pm Saturday 14 October, from 9am till... Continue Reading →

Shiny Shiny Shortlists!

Today's the day! At last, we can announce the finalists of the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. Shiny! Where to begin...? Poetry, Novel, Non-Fiction or Short Prose? Hm... Okay, here goes, pulling it out of the hat, totally random... let's start with... Non Fiction Books! The shortlisted titles are... Tuai: Traveller in... Continue Reading →

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