The Aotearoa New Zealand Review of Books publishes long-form reviews of new local fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We’re a platform for timely, in-depth discussions of contemporary literature and culture, featuring established and emerging reviewers from the South Pacific.
The site was launched in 2023 with seed funding from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. Our kaupapa is exploring the rich and diverse range of books published every year in Aotearoa New Zealand – in te reo Māori and English; for children, young people and adults; and covering every genre, from speculative fiction to political essays, from memoir to art criticism, from short story collections to new scholarship on New Zealand history and society.
The ANZRB publishes around ten reviews of new releases each month, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our archive includes over a hundred reviews originally published by the Academy of New Zealand Literature, all searchable by category as well as genre.