News & Events Ngā Kawepūrongo me Ngā Taiopenga

What's going on in the world of Aotearoa's books? Browse the latest book news and scroll the Kete calendar for book event listings.

E aha ana i te ao pukapuka o Aotearoa? Tirohia ngā kawepūrongo pukapuka hou, ā, tirohia te maramataka o Kete mō ngā taiopenga pukapuka.

You can also check out the latest events in our Kete calendar...
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What’s in our Kete? A guide to navigating our new site

Welcome to Kete Books' new home! We’re excited to be here. It’s been a big renovation, a few things look quite different so we’ve put together a user guide, especially for those who were familiar with the old furniture.

29 June 2024
Starry cluster of new pukapuka give a bigger picture on Matariki

Storytelling at Matariki and Puaka

In May, Kaitakawaenga Maatakiwi Wakefield and Pou Kohikohinga (Māori Collections Specialist) Ngapiu Tainui Maclure, Māori Services at Christchurch City Libraries, added an additional star to their cluster of Matariki activities: leading the books selection for Kete Books’ Winter Reading 2024 catalogue.

14 June 2024
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Introducing the new Kete Books team

We’re delighted to announce that writer, reviewer and WORD Festival Programme Director Kiran Dass is set to join Kete as Editor in Chief in September. We’re also excited to announce that writer and reviewer Erica Stretton, fresh from running National Poetry Day, has taken on Kete’s interim editorship.

6 May 2024

HUIA named 2024 Best Children’s Publishers, Oceania at Bologna Book Fair

Māori owned, independent publisher HUIA was named the Children’s Publisher of the Year for Oceania at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this week. The award is in recognition of a publisher whose books stand out for their creativity, innovation and the quality of their editorial choices.

10 April 2024

2024 Storylines Award Winners announced

The 2024 Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day was held on Sunday and included the presentation of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal to Elizabeth Jones and the announcement of the winners of the 2024 Storylines manuscript and illustration awards.

10 April 2024
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Books Alive expands to a third regional centre thanks to Mātātuhi Foundation funding

Books Alive – the programme of large-scale events that bring hundreds of kids at a time in touch with finalist authors in the annual New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (NZCYA) – will expand to a third regional centre in 2024, thanks to funding from literature sector supporter, the Mātātuhi Foundation.  

27 March 2024
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NZ Booklovers Awards 2024 winners

The NZ Booklovers Award winners were announced today. Books by Nick Davies, Eileen Merriman, David Hill, Sacha Cotter, Carlos Lehnebach, Claire Regnault, Rebecca Rice, Isaac Te Awa and Rachel Yates were named winners of the 2024 awards.

27 March 2024
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Māori Books | Ngā Pukapuka Māori and Pasifika Books 2024

Take a look at the brilliant books in this year’s Māori Books | Ngā Pukapuka Māori and Pasifika Books catalogues. These two catalogues bring together an exciting range of recent and forthcoming Māori and Pasifika Books.

13 March 2024

Five literary festivals in Aotearoa this Autumn

Falling leaves and lit conversation! From Hawkes Bay to Taranaki, from Auckland to Featherston to Wānaka, the festival forecast for the next few months is looking glorious.

28 February 2024
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We’re all in this together

For Auckland Pride Month and in her last year as samesame but different festival Chair, Simie Simpson celebrates the excellence of Aotearoa’s LGBTQIA writers with a must-read book list.

12 February 2024

Announcing the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Award longlist

Bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction, illuminating poetry collections, absorbing memoirs, and books that explore our whenua, flora and fauna feature alongside those that celebrate our culinary and artistic heroes and heroines in the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlists announced today.

31 January 2024
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Double Dublin nomination for Catherine Chidgey

Two books by Catherine Chidgey have been nominated for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award – the world’s most valuable annual prize for a work of fiction published in English.

17 January 2024
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The Diaspora Grows Louder – Books by Aotearoa’s South Asian Writers

‘…compiling and adding to this list has expanded the possibilities of my own reading, and I hope it can do the same for you.’ Saraid de Silva curates a selection of recent books by Aotearoa’s South Asian writers in this special guest editorial timed for the lead up to Diwali.

4 November 2023
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This year’s Storylines Notable Books

Take a look at the 2023 Storylines Notable Books (announced today)! 43 incredible books for tamariki across non-fiction; picture books; books in te reo Māori; junior fiction and YA — which means you’ll find a book for every young reader in this list!

1 November 2023
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Donate a book this Christmas

Kiwi Christmas Books is once again collecting donations of brand new Kiwi books to gift to families who can’t afford to buy Christmas presents for their kids, or who struggle to access good books in general. Here’s how you can help.

16 October 2023

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Guest Editor Ruth Smith

‘In my travels accompanying Sir Tīmoti and the wider touring party I have often reflected on what a fantasy it seemed like traveling around the world, not only to promote my own native language but to encourage others to do the same too, because our language, the Māori language is so revered and respected by others outside of Aotearoa-New Zealand.’ In a special editorial, written for Kete this Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Ruth Smith focuses on the growth of te reo Māori around the world.

13 September 2023

Bilingual pukapuka takes top prize at Children’s Book Awards

The 2023 New Zealand Books Awards for Children and Young Adults have been awarded tonight! For the first time ever, the prestigious Margaret Mahy Award has gone to a bilingual book, Te Wehenga. Congratulations to author and illustrator Mat Tait and to the authors, illustrators and publishers behind all tonight’s winning books.

9 August 2023

This year’s Ngaio Marsh finalists revealed

Crime Time TV: The Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists for Best Non-Fiction, First Novel, and Best Novel have been named in a video released by the awards. Take a look.

9 August 2023
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Five must-see sessions at WORD Christchurch

Overwhelmed by the incredible line-up for WORD and not sure where to start? Good news — the festival’s Executive Director Steph Walker has you covered. Here are five unmissable events!

26 July 2023

Worlds of Words: WORD Christchurch Festival 2021

Author: Renata Hopkins. Numerous four-letter words were, no doubt, on high rotate in the lead-up to this year’s WORD Christchurch Festival launch — and only one of them would have been ‘word’. But despite the Covid odds the festival team once again delivered an ambitious and innovative programme that ranged from politics to poetry, and often delivered both at once.

21 November 2021