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NZ Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa to close

The New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa will close next month, following Creative New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its funding to the publication.

The quarterly publication was launched in 1991 and is the country’s only periodical dedicated to reviewing New Zealand books.

On a fundraising page, publisher Peppercorn Press and the New Zealand Review of Books editors said the summer issue will be their last, and that they are seeking a new home for its online archive and teen review site, Hooked on NZ Books.

A Creative New Zealand spokesperson told Radio New Zealand: ‘The Peppercorn Press, which publishes the New Zealand Review of Books, made an application to Arts Grants and that application was not successful on that occasion. However, this does not prevent them from applying in future.’

An online petition calling on Creative New Zealand to reinstate its New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa funding has over 450 signatories at the time of writing.

 

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