It is with great regret we announce that New Zealand Book Month is not able to take place in 2015. Despite an extensive sponsor search the event has not been able to secure the necessary funding to run an impactful national campaign of events. The New Zealand Book Month board has had to make the difficult decision to postpone the campaign indefinitely.
“It’s been a time of disappointing setbacks for New Zealand Book Month and the board is keenly aware of the challenges for national book events generally that have emerged in the past year,” said current chairperson, Sir Bob Harvey. “Books and reading are crucial to the cultural landscape yet the sponsorship for several major events including New Zealand Book Month and the New Zealand Book Awards remains indefinite. The Book Month board are continuing to look for support to re-launch the campaign at the earliest opportunity.”
Sir Bob also acknowledged the past achievements of the campaign and its many collaborators. From 2006 to 2013, New Zealand Book Month was a key part of the national calendar of book events promoting a love of reading amongst all age groups. New Zealand Book Month has always had passionate and tireless supporters and the 2011 “Books Change Lives” campaign, featuring high profile Kiwi reading role models including Sir Peter Jackson, Emily Perkins and Carole Hirschfield was an award winner both here at home and abroad. From the initial Six Pack books to the more recent $5 off book voucher, New Zealand Book Month has always reached out to New Zealanders on the broadest scale.In partnership with the National Library Services to Schools and past sponsor Caltex Energy for Learning these vouchers were sent to each and every New Zealand school child in 2012 and 2013. And that’s without mentioning the huge ground swell of local libraries, bookstores, authors, and book activists that made events happen in communities up and down the country each year.
“New Zealand Book Month has much to be proud of,” Sir Bob said, “but a lot has changed since the campaign was first launched in 2006 and the future of the event must closely respond to the current condition of the book industry.”