Northland Events


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  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 27 February 2020, 5pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.
  • Poets at ONEONESIX, Thursday 19 March 2020, 5pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.

Christine Fernyhough’s Antique Roadshow
5pm Saturday 22 February 2020
Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Join Vanessa Owen of The Merchants in conversation with Christine Fernyhough. Along the lines of “Antique Roadshow”, they will discuss Christine’s amazing collection of 4000+ mid-century New Zealand objects, which is the subject of her latest book, Mid-Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection. Before the event, Christine will visit The Merchants of Kerikeri to have a look at their collection of mid-century pieces. She will pick her favourites and take them to the Turner Centre for discussion. Guests are also invited to bring along a mid-century piece of their own.

Sentence and Short Poetry Competition

During February, NZSA Northland is hosting a sentence and short poetry competition. We invite all Northlanders to submit a short sentence or poem (25 words max) and will use these to create a word list for our fridge poetry event at the Tūhono Kerikeri Festival Day. You can enter up to five sentences or poems – please include them all in one document. We need a variety of words in English and Māori, so feel free to submit sentences and poems ranging from the super simple to the highly creative. All those who submit will go into the draw for a $50 book voucher. Closing date 29 February 2020. How to enter:

  • Email your sentences and poems in an attached document (Word or RTF files only please, NO pdfs) to northlandauthors[at]
  • Include in the document your name, email address, phone number and the Northland area you associate with.
  • NZSA Northland branch reserves the right to freely use any submitted sentences and poems (with attribution to the author) during the Tūhono Kerikeri celebrations in March and April 2020.
  • Entry into the competition constitutes agreement to the potential use of your work as stated. You will retain copyright to copy, publish, publicly perform, transmit and adapt your work.

Share the competition details using either our Facebook Event page or the NorthWrite 2020 page.

Call for Submissions #1 – Kerikeri: Past, Present, Future

Kerikeri Stone Store and RiverPavlova Press is calling for submissions of poetry and short prose (fiction or non-fiction, historical or contemporary) based around Kerikeri and its inhabitants – past, present and future. Submissions are open to anyone who has a connection to Kerikeri.  All work submitted must connect to Kerikeri and/or the local surroundings in some way. Place names don’t need to be included but the feel must be that of the Kerikeri area. You do not need to consider yourself a poet or writer to enter.
The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 16 February 2020. For more details, go to the Pavlova Press website

Call for Submissions #2 – Pavlova Stories

pavlovaPavlova Press is also calling for submissions of poetry, short prose (fiction or non-fiction) and images for an anthology focussing on our nation’s relationship with pavlova. Submissions close on 31 March 2020. Further details are available here.


Whangarei Writers’ Workshop: A friendly group of writers who meet every second Friday at the Kamo Club 10.00am-12.30pm to critique work and support other writers.
Check out their Facebook page or contact Heather Whelan.

Mangawhai Writers Group: This group welcomes writers of all genres, especially those needing help, since the group has several published authors. They meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Old School House opposite the new Mangawhai Museum at the Heads. The meeting does include readings and feedback. Pop along and join this friendly bunch – please bring $3 to cover lights and heating. Please contact bevanconsult[at] to get involved and find out more.

Flash Fiction Club: first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Whangarei District Library for more information

Kerikeri/Bay of Islands:  Second Monday of the month at 7–9pm. Our aim is mutual improvement and inspiration through constructive criticism. We are writing short pieces, extracts and flash fiction, both to improve our style and for publication and competition. If you’d like to join us, email Vivian at vthonger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Whangarei Writers’ Group: Second Monday of the month at 10am. This is a critique group and will be limited to just 6 – 7 people. A wait list will be created in case someone drops out. Please contact Derin Attwood on derin[at]wordlypress[dot]com.


Book Inn: Evon Morgan (formerly of The Piggery) now owns Book Inn in Kamo and is setting up a local writers’ section. Contact her if you have books you’d like to be included. Book Inn, 420 Kamo Road, 4353202. She has two tables – one each side of the entrance. One table is dedicated to NZ writers, with an emphasis on Northland writers. Several Branch members are well represented.

Kings Theatre Creative: creative gateway to the Far North, Kawakawa. Pop in and see the latest exhibition.


StartWrite Writing Appraisal Service – subsidised for NZSA members: Appraisals are available on a first come, first served basis.
The NZSA Writing Sample and Synopsis Assessment Service is an excellent opportunity for writers to get an appraisal of up to 6000 words. This is a fast and efficient way to get you on track with your work – be it poetry, short stories or an early draft of a longer manuscript. Find out more.

NZSA Top of the South Branch

Entries are now open for the Top of the South Short Story Competition and the closing date is 31 March 2020. The competition is open nationwide to writers residing in New Zealand aged eighteen years and over. The word limit is 1500 words. Work must be original, previously unpublished fiction and not under consideration for publication. Stories should not be previously placed (i.e. winning or commended) in another competition. Stories may not be entered into another competition until after 30 May 2020. Entries are restricted to the first 125 received – notification that the limit has been reached will be posted on

Top of the South Short Story Competition Entry Form

National Flash Fiction Day Competition

The annual NZ National Flash Fiction Day Competition opens on 25 February and closes on 15 April. All submission details can be found here.

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