Keep New Zealand Reading

Keep New Zealand Reading
Tania DeJonge
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Keep New Zealand Reading

Te Pou Muramura speaks to the sustenance of a blaze, in the way that reading can spark a glow or light in our minds.

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura is Igniting a love for reading and encouraging all New Zealanders to read more.

The aim is to inspire reluctant or non-readers to pick up a book. After all, reading is one of the most accessible, affordable, and enjoyable activities there is, and its benefits are well documented.

“We want to grow a nation of readers.” says ReadNZ Communication and Engagement Manager, Melissa Wastney.

They are not alone in this work, of course. Public libraries, together with other advocacy groups, such as ReadNZ, support Kiwis reading because life is a struggle when you cannot read. 

‘Te Pou Muramura’ speaks to the sustenance of a blaze, in the way that reading can spark a light in our minds. This is the imagination at work, the wellspring of ideas, the path to resilience and change. 

Best known for programmes such as Writers in Schools, Writers in Communities and Speed Date an Author, ReadNZ also run an online summer reading challenge for children, a school library book review programme and various other campaigns to encourage Kiwis to pick up books. WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out Blokes vs Books, a series of short clips with well-known men and the books that are important to them: and Storytime, a musical project that matches four New Zealand children’s books with well-known narrators, reading to original music played by the NZ Symphony Orchestra:

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