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2019 Smart Alex creative writing competition for secondary school students

For a second year, the Friends of the Turnbull Library are running the Smart Alex creative writing competition. The competition will connect young minds with the Turnbull collections to excite the imagination, inspire creativity and generate new ways of looking at our past, present and future.

Arts continue to deliver value for New Zealanders

More than 2.19 million New Zealanders attended arts activities funded by Creative New Zealand according to its annual report for 2017/18.

NZSO to offer more Shed Series concerts and new Baroque Series in 2019

The NZSO will tour a new baroque music series in 2019 & expand its innovative Shed Series concerts in Wellington.

New film documenting gruelling New Zealand Arctic expedition premieres in New York

A new film, that follows young Antipodeans as they ski 560 kilometres to cross the Greenland icecap towing 60 kilogram sleds, premiered at a prestigious New York festival.

2019 Ockham Finalists Explore Truth and Issues of Our Times

Four of our best-known novelists – explore what it means to tell the truth – are in the running for the country’s richest fiction writing prize with the Ockham NZ Book Awards.