John Summers: ink stained from the beginning

An interview with John Summers, essayist of Aotearoa.

Rooney incoming

We're on the cusp of another Age of Rooney.

The Friday Poem: The Word Event, by Nicholas Wright

A new poem by University of Canterbury lecturer Nicholas Wright.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 16

This week: a mystery wrapped in a top 10 list.

Books Archive

A New Zealander emerges, changed, from lockdown in the UK

How one book, read during lockdown, inspired me to seek out a more joyful life

The boy’s trip

A hunter watches his son follow in his footsteps.

This is how harakeke grows

A child discovers the power of words.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 9

The to-read list continues to grow exponentially.

The Friday Poem: I’m Sure You’ve Heard, by Khadro Mohamed

A new poem from Wellington poet Khadro Mohamed.

A true story of caregiving in Aotearoa

The extraordinary work we did for others, for $9.20 an hour.

The case for more joy, beauty and outlandishness in NZ children’s books

Analysis of this year's children's book awards shortlist, plus a celebration of two brilliant books that missed out.

The Unity Books children’s bestseller chart for the month of June

There's good stuff in here for grownups, too.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending July 2

The books that sold like hotcakes (mmm, hotcakes) this week.

I wrote a controversial play for kids. Here’s why

Where do you draw the line in writing for young people?

The book that freed me to put my story into the world

Charlotte Grimshaw's The Mirror Book helped me reach for connection at a time when darkness threatened to overwhelm, writes Polly Lang.