New Zealand Poet Laureate

Hone Tuwhare and Helen Clark
Hone Tuwhare, the second Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate, receiving the inaugural Prime Minister's Award for Poetry from Helen Clark, October 6, 2003.

The New Zealand Poet Laureate Award is now sponsored by the National Library of New Zealand.

Hear from the current Laureate on the New Zealand Poet Laureate blog.

From 2004 - 2007 the International Institute of Modern Letters administered the New Zealand Poet Laureate award in partnership with Te Mata Estate.

Previous Laureates

Under the previous partnership, laureates were awarded to:


Jenny Bornholdt


Brian Turner


Elizabeth Smither


Hone Tuwhare


Bill Manhire