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Famous New Zealander Poets - Famous Poets from New Zealand

This famous New Zealander poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown New Zealander poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from New Zealand.

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Allan, Rob

Rob Allan (born 1945) is a New Zealand poet. He won the PEN (NZSA) Best First Book of Poetry award in 1992 for his book Karitane Postcards, and has received multiple grants from Creative New Zealand to support his writing. He has been published in several anthologies including An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (Oxford University Press, 1997), and has published widely in literary magazines .
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Arvidson, K O

Kenneth Owen Arvidson (born 1938) MA (Auckland ), is a New Zealand poet and academic.
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Barr, John

John Barr of Craigilee (24 October 1809 – 18 September 1889) was a Scottish-New Zealand poet .
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Baxter, James K

James Keir Baxter (29 June 1926 – 22 October 1972) was a poet, and is a celebrated figure in New Zealand society.
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Bethell, Mary Ursula

Mary Ursula Bethell (6 October 1874–15 January 1945) was a New Zealand social worker and poet. She was born in Horsell, Surrey, England on 6 October 1874.
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Bootham, Ivan

Ivan Bootham (born 1939) is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer, poet and composer. He was born in Farnworth, Lancashire, and migrated to New Zealand as a teenager. He lived in provincial New Zealand - Invercargill, Auckland, New Plymouth, Levin, Lower Hutt - before settling in Wellington, where he now lives.
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Bornholdt, Jenny

Jennifer Mary Bornholdt (born 1 November 1960) is an award-winning New Zealand poet and anthologist.
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Brasch, Charles

Charles Orwell Brasch (27 July 1909 – 20 May 1973) was a New Zealand poet, literary editor and arts patron. He was the founding editor of the literary journal Landfall .
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Campbell, Alistair

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, ONZM (25 June 1925 – 16 August 2009) was a New Zealand poet, playwright, and novelist. His father was a New Zealand Scot and his mother was a Cook Island Maori from Penrhyn Island .
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Campbell, Meg

Meg Campbell (19 November 1937 – 17 November 2007) was a female New Zealand poet. Campbell was born and raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand and attended Marsden Collegiate, Wellington where she studied acting. However, she discontinued her acting pursuits shortly after meeting and marrying fellow poet Alistair Campbell .
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Challis, Gordon

Gordon Challis (born 1932) is a New Zealand poet.
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Colquhoun, Glenn

Dr. Glenn Colquhoun, born in Papakura, Auckland in 1964, is a New Zealand poet and general practitioner .
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Cresswell, Walter D'Arcy

Walter D'Arcy Cresswell (22 January 1896–21 February 1960) was a New Zealand poet, journalist and writer. He was born in Christchurch, Northern Canterbury, New Zealand on 22 January 1896. As an out gay man, Cresswell blackmailed Charles Evan Mackay, then mayor of Wanganui.
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Dennison, John

John Sebastian Dennison (28 May 1978— ) is a New Zealand poet, as well as a poetry scholar who has published on the poetry of New Zealand poet James K. Baxter .
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Dewar, George E.

George E. (Edward) Dewar (8 June 1895-8 December 1969) was a New Zealand poet, writer, teacher, farmer, worker and First World War soldier. Best remembered for his 1953 autobiographical book Chaslands about the early pioneering days there, he also wrote poetry on sport and his experiences as a First World War soldier and contributed widely to newspapers.
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Duggan, Eileen

Eileen May Duggan (21 May 1894–10 December 1972) OBE was a New Zealand poet and journalist, from an Irish Roman Catholic family. She worked in Wellington as a journalist, and wrote a weekly article for the Catholic weekly The New Zealand Tablet for almost fifty years.
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Edmond, Lauris

Lauris Dorothy Edmond, OBE (2 April 1924 - 28 January 2000), was a New Zealand poet and writer.
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Ensing, Riemke

Riemke Ensing born 1939 in Groningen, The Netherlands is a New Zealand poet. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1951 at age twelve. She studied at Ardmore Teachers' Training College, then taught for two years, returning to the College to lecture in English literature for a year.
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Fairburn, A. R. D.

Arthur Rex Dugard "Rex" Fairburn (2 February 1904 – 25 March 1957) was a New Zealand poet who was born and died in Auckland.
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Farrell, Fiona

Fiona Farrell, ONZM (born 1947) is a New Zealand poet, fiction writer and playwright. Her latest novel, Limestone, was published in April 2009. The Broken Book, (essays and poetry) was published by Auckland University Press 2011.
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Forrester, Gary

Gary Forrester (born 3 July 1946 in the United States) is a New Zealand-Australian musician, composer, novelist, poet, short-story writer, memoirist, and academic. He was profiled by Random House Australia (Australian Country Music, 1991) as one of the major figures in the Australian music scene during the 1980s and 1990s, and by FishHead: Wellington's Magazine as a "modern Renaissance man." According to Fishhead, "in addition to publishing three novels and a book of poems, Forrester is a successful bluegrass composer and musician, an advocate for indigenous rights, and a father of six children. Oh, and don't forget his day job - law lecturer in ethics at Victoria University." He lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1976–80, at the Northwestern School of Law from 1983–85, at the University of Illinois from 2000–03, and at Victoria University of Wellington from 2007-2013.
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Frame, Janet

Janet Paterson Frame, ONZ, CBE (28 August 1924 - 29 January 2004) was a New Zealand author. She wrote eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, an edition of juvenile fiction, and three volumes of autobiography during her lifetime. Since her death, a twelfth novel, a second volume of poetry, and a handful of short stories have been released. Frame's celebrity is informed by her dramatic personal history as well as her literary career. Following years of psychiatric hospitalisation, Frame was scheduled for a lobotomy that was canceled when, just days before the procedure, her debut publication of short stories was unexpectedly awarded a national literary prize. These dramatic personal experiences feature prominently in Frame's autobiographical trilogy and director Jane Campion's popular film adaptation of the texts, with recognisably autobiographical elements further resurfacing in many of her fictional publications. Characterised by scholar Simone Oettli as a writer who simultaneously sought fame and anonymity, Frame eschewed the dominant New Zealand literary realism of the post-war era, combining prose, poetry, and modernist elements with a magical realist style, garnering numerous local literary prizes despite mixed critical and public reception.. New Zealand author
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France, Ruth

Helena Ruth France (12 June 1913–19 August 1968) (known as Ruth France) was a New Zealand librarian, poet and novelist. She was born in Leithfield, Northern Canterbury, New Zealand in 1913, and died in Christchurch in 1968, leaving a third adult novel The Tunnel unfinished.
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Gibbs, Ivy

Ivy Olive Gibbs (1886-1966) was a trans-Tasman poet and children’s writer based pre-dominantly in New Zealand. Her verse in The Bulletin, Australia, made her well known between 1920 and 1930 and she was widely published in New Zealand between the late 1920s and 1941. Children’s verses by Gibbs appeared in The Christian Science Monitor in Boston, North America, 1944-49.
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Glover, Denis

Lieutenant Commander Denis James Matthews Glover DSC (9 December 1912-9 August 1980) was a New Zealand poet and publisher.. New Zealand poet and publisher
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Gretton, H. W.

H. W. (Harold William) Gretton (1914-1983) was a New Zealand poet, lyricist, writer, teacher, journalist, linguist, diarist and Second World War soldier. In New Zealand, Gretton’s tramping songs (popular between the 1950s and 1970s) are still well known today. His Second World War diary is also of note for its social history of military life, along with his soldier’s poem ‘Koru and Acanthus’.
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H.Haslam, Rev. J.

Reverend J. H. (Jonathan Henry (Harry)) Haslam (13 July 1874-19 October 1969) was a New Zealand Methodist Church minister, poet, editor and Wesleyan Church historian. His edition of Rev. G. S. Harper’s gold-digging diaries in Westland (republished in 2004) is a New Zealand heritage text.
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Hall, Bernadette

Bernadette Hall (born 1945 in Alexandra, New Zealand ) is a New Zealand writer and poet. She was raised in what she describes as a small-city Catholic community that was proud, theatrical and pretty much enclosed. After a career as a teacher of Latin and classical studies she started writing full time in her 40s. She has held residencies at both Canterbury University and Victoria University and is widely published. She spent 10 years as the editor of Takahe magazine and five as the poetry editor of The Press, Christchurch 's main daily newspaper.
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Hawkins, Kathleen

Kathleen Jessie Hawkins (17 November 1883–31 August 1981) was a Tauranga, New Zealand, poet affectionately known as “The Pioneer Poet”. Well-known in Tauranga, her best-known volume The Elms and Other Verses ran into several editions or reprints covering historical pioneer subjects. Hawkins was specially interested in the first missionaries who came to Tauranga, and in the Land Wars with their tragic loss of life on both sides.
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Hayward, Joel

Joel S.A. Hayward (born 1964), is a New Zealand-born "noted scholar of war and strategy" and writer and poet who has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. He is best known for his published books and articles on strategic matters, including the use of air power, his 2003 biography of Horatio Lord Nelson, and his writing and teaching on the Quranic (Islamic) concepts of war. In November 2012 he became Professor of International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and in 2013 he became Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khalifa. He also serves there as the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security. Earlier in 2012, he was a Senior Fellow at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and a Research Fellow of the Cambridge Muslim College. His career highlights include having been Dean of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell for five years (2007-2011), a Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies think-tank for four years (2008-2012), and the academic Head of Air Power Studies at King's College London for six years (2005-2011). He is a Professor of Strategy at the Indonesian Defense University and he holds fellowships from the United States Air Force and the Federal Government of Germany.
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Hunter, Rex

Maurice Reginald (Rex) Hunter (5 January 1889 -18 February 1960) was a New Zealand poet, playwright and fiction writer. He is best known for his work as a journalist in America (New York, Chicago ) as well as for his marriage to the South Carolina poet Gamel Woolsey in the 1920s and his friendships with writers Carl Sandburg, Ben Hecht, John Cowper Powys, E. E. Cummings and Llewelyn Powys.
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Jackson, Michael

Michael D. Jackson (born 1940) is a New Zealand poet and anthropologist who has taught in anthropology departments at Massey University, the Australian National University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Copenhagen. He is currently distinguished professor of world religions at Harvard Divinity School .
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Johnston, Andrew

Andrew Johnston (b. 1963) is an award-winning New Zealand poet and journalist who works as an editor for the International Herald Tribune in Paris .
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Jones, Tim

Tim Jones (born 15 June 1959) is a New Zealand writer and poet.
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Kidman, Fiona

Dame Fiona Judith Kidman DNZM   OBE (born 26 March 1940 in Hawera, New Zealand ), is a New Zealand novelist, poet, scriptwriter and short story author.
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Leggott, Michele

Michele Joy Leggott MNZM (born 1956) is a New Zealand poet, and Professor of English at the University of Auckland. She was born in Stratford, New Zealand, and received her secondary education at New Plymouth Girls High School, before attending the University of Canterbury where she completed an MA in English in 1979. She then moved to Canada to do a PhD at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation was on the American poet Louis Zukofsky and was published in America as Reading Zukovsky’s "80 Flowers" (1989).
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Manhire, Bill

William "Bill" Manhire, CNZM (born December 27, 1946, in Invercargill) is an award-winning New Zealand poet, short story writer, and professor, New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate.. New Zealand poet short story writer and professor; inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate
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Mason, R. A. K.

Ronald Allison Kells Mason (1905-1971) was described by Allen Curnow as New Zealand 's "first wholly original, unmistakably gifted poet". He was born in Auckland and educated at Auckland Grammar School, where he met A. R. D. Fairburn .
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McCormick, Gary

Gary McCormick is a notable New Zealand poet, radio and television personality, debater and raconteur.
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McQueen, Cilla

Priscilla Muriel "Cilla" McQueen (born 22 January 1949 in Birmingham, England ) is a poet and three-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.
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Mitcalfe, Barry

Barry Mitcalfe (1930–86) was a New Zealand poet, editor, and peace activist. Born 31 March 1930 in Wellington, New Zealand, Mitcalfe studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a Diploma in Education in 1962, and a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in 1963. In the 1960s and early 1970s he was a leader of the New Zealand movement against the Vietnam War, and co-edited several booklets on the issue. After the war ended he became a leader of the New Zealand anti-nuclear movement. In 1981 he was a writer-in-residence at the South Australia College of Advanced Education, and in 1982 held an Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury.
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Morrissey, Michael J T

Michael James Terence Morrissey (Michael Morrissey ) (born 1942) is a New Zealand poet, short story writer, novelist, editor, feature article writer, book reviewer and columnist. He is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, two collections of short stories, a memoir and three short novels and he has edited five other books.
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Nicholls, Marjory Lydia

Marjory Lydia Nicholls (29 July 1890 – 1 October 1930) was a New Zealand poet, teacher and drama producer. She was a significant figure in New Zealand poetry and theatre between 1910 and 1930, and became a well-known personality in Wellington, with interests in theatre, writing and the arts.
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O'Leary, Michael

Michael O'Leary is a New Zealand publisher, poet, novelist, performer, and bookshop proprietor. He publishes under the imprint Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, which he founded in 1984. He runs a bookshop, Kakariki Books, from the Paekakariki Railway Station.
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Oliver, W. H.

W.H. Oliver is a New Zealand historian and poet, born in Feilding, on 14 May 1925, the son of Cornish immigrants. He studied at Victoria University of Wellington (MA) and completed a PhD at Oxford University in 1953. He returned to New Zealand and lectured at University of Canterbury and Victoria, before becoming inaugural professor of history at Massey University in 1965. He was made emeritus professor on leaving Massey in 1984 to become general editor of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. He has written extensively on New Zealand history and published several volumes of poetry. On 9 September 2008 he was honoured in the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement, Non-Fiction.
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Pirie, Mark

Mark Pirie (born 30 April 1974) is a New Zealand poet, writer, literary critic, anthologist, publisher, and editor. He is best known for his Generation X New Zealand anthology The NeXt Wave, which included an 8,000 word introduction (1998), the literary journals JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) and broadsheet, a book cover photo series of tributes to famous rock albums, and the small press HeadworX Publishers in Wellington, New Zealand. He has authored or edited more than 40 of his own books and published more than 50 books with HeadworX, including work by well known New Zealand poets Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Harry Ricketts, Alistair Paterson, Riemke Ensing, Tony Beyer, Harvey McQueen, Andrew Fagan, Richard Von Sturmer and the Israeli author/painter/diplomat Moshé Liba.
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Pope, Robert J.

Robert James Pope (24 March 1865 – 12 April 1949) was a New Zealand poet, songwriter, violinist, cricketer, teacher, and headmaster. He became well known in Wellington between 1910 and 1945 for his contributions to the New Zealand Free Lance and the popular 'Postscripts' column in the Evening Post newspaper as well as for his song ‘New Zealand, My Homeland’ used in New Zealand schools.
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Potocki de Montalk, Count Geoffrey

Count Geoffrey Wladislas Vaile Potocki de Montalk (10 June 1903–14 April 1997) was a poet, polemicist, pagan and pretender to the Polish throne. Born in New Zealand, he was the eldest son of Auckland architect Robert Wladislas de Montalk, grandson of Paris-born Professor Count Joseph Wladislas Edmond Potocki de Montalk, and great-grandson of Polish-born Count Jozef Franciszek Jan Potocki, the Insurgent, of Bialystok.
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Ricketts, Harry

Harry Ricketts (born 1950) is a poet, biographer, editor, anthologist, critic, academic, literary scholar and cricket writer. Best known for his biographies of Rudyard Kipling and of a dozen British First World War poets, his poems, essays and short fiction have also appeared internationally.
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Sharp, Iain

Iain Sharp, born in 1953, is a New Zealand poet and critic.
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