This page provides information about resources and guides that are specific to the study of New Zealand literature and literary criticism. They supplement the resources provided on the English portal.

Subject Contacts

If you need assistance in this subject area, the New Zealand Literature Academic Liaison Librarian is Anne Ferrier-Watson and the New Zealand Collection Librarian is John Robson.

Useful Search Terms

A list of subject headings that you may find useful when locating resources in the Library Catalogue. Type the subject heading in the search box and select Subject begins with from the menu.

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  • new zealand poetry
  • new zealand prose literature
  • new zealand literature women authors
  • short stories new zealand
  • new zealand fiction 20th century
  • commonwealth literature
  • decolonization in literature
  • culture conflict in literature

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Resources List


Essays on New Zealand writers.


Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Growing archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, including  images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals. All resources are fully searchable. Produced by Victoria University of Wellington.



This encyclopedia explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.
A comprehensive record of New Zealand writing, containing more than 1,500 entries on writers, novels, plays, poetry, journals, periodicals, anthologies, literary movements, and professional organisations.


A New Zealand annual, containing articles from the New Zealand Society of Gastronomy's Symposia as well as new research material, recipes and other culinary oddments. The Society is group of academic, professional and amateur gastronomers who are interested in the history and philosophy of eating, meals, food and foodways, and in promoting a better understanding of our culinary heritage.
A New Zealand art/literary journal that "takes the pulse of the city and the community": a celebration of local culture founded by Victoria University graduate Chloe Lane in 2007. Contributors include Eleanor Catton, David Eggleton and Pip Adam.
A leading peer reviewed journal in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. Provides critical comment on all aspects of ‘Commonwealth’ and postcolonial literature and related areas, such as postcolonial theory, translation studies, and colonial discourse. The fourth issue each year provides a comprehensive bibliography of publications in the field.  Recognising that colonialism is not safely in the past, the journal reflects literature's shifting margins, including critiques of texts that explore diasporas and neocolonialism, and which connect gender and sexuality with colonialism, the Commonwealth, and postcoloniality.
Published by the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (NZEPC) at the University of Auckland, Ka Mate Ka Ora provides a site for discourse and debate about New Zealand poetry. All issues available in full-text.
Kotare provides brief, primarily factual articles on New Zealand history, literature, language, bibliography and lexicography.
For book reviews.
Started in 2012 as New Zealand's only Māori literary journal, including prose, poetry, art, and photography from Māori and Aboriginal writers, and writers from Asia and Europe. Available in print and online (2012 only). Contributors include Alice Te Punga-Somerville, Hinemoana Baker, and Taika Waititi.
The New Zealand literary journal, Sport, contains poetry, short stories, novel extracts, essays and art. Sport has published contributions from many of New Zealand's leading and up-and-coming writers since its inception in 1988.
An online literary journal published by the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. It presents new work by creative writing students alongside poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers.


The International Institute of Modern Letters publishes 25 New Zealand poems annually from recent literary magazines and poetry collections.
Landfall is New Zealand's foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. It showcases new fiction and poetry, as well as biographical and critical essays, and cultural commentary. The archive provides searchable PDFs of the first 20 years of Landfall: every issue up to the end of 1966 (80 issues); and an index of every item published in Landfall up to Vol. 20 No. 4 (December 1966), searchable by author, title and keyword. Hosted by Otago University Press. Print copies of Landfall are here.
A resource site rich with ideas and information all promoting reading in general, but particularly to represent and promote New Zealand writing and writers.
Project based at the University of Auckland to set up an electronic gateway to poetry resources in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region. It aims to coordinate existing archival and publishing information, and to present some full-text electronic publication of poetry and commentary in consultation with authors and their publishers.
An incorporated non-profit organisation which aims to advance education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.
An index to short stories written and published before 1991.
Established in 1934 as the New Zealand P.E.N Centre, the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is a membership based arts organisation representing approximately 1,300 writers nationally.
New Zealand Book Council’s collection of information about New Zealand writers. Includes 150 entries from the Oxford companion to New Zealand literature edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie published in 1998.
This is the government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.
New Zealand literature directory.