Supporting New Zealand organisations and charities.
Our commitment to the development and wellbeing of New Zealanders and our environment can be seen through our active involvement in the community and our support of some of New Zealand's iconic organisations and charities.
Our sponsorships include:
Plunket have been providing free child and family support services to New Zealand families with children up to 5-years old for over 100 years. With 90% of New Zealanders beginning their lives as a 'Plunket' baby, Plunket has always been an essential part of our communities.
As their principal sponsor, we have been working to expand their parenting education programme and helping them with their annual appeal. Our BNZ volunteers also help support new parents through Baby Budget, a financial literacy programme that supports new parents through the emotional and financial change of having a new baby.
You can also help out your local Plunket by volunteering your time, making a donation, or leaving a bequest through your will. Find out more at plunket.org.nz.
BNZ Literary Awards
For over half a century, we have been proud to support New Zealand's preeminent short story writing competition, which was founded to acknowledge the work of Katherine Mansfield and celebrate New Zealand literature. The BNZ Literary Awards are for both aspiring and established writers. For many of New Zealand's famous writers, such as Frank Sargeson, Keri Hulme, and CK Stead, winning the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award was where it all started.
The presentation of the BNZ Literary Awards was held in Wellington on 17 September 2013.
BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award category
The main award category - $10,000 prize money
Minimum length 1,000 words - maximum length 5,000 words
BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award winner
Winning story - Reverse Living PDF 89KB
Catherine Chidgey's bio PDF 53KB
Judge Albert Wendt's report PDF 59KB
BNZ Novice Writer Award category
For unpublished writers - $1,500 prize money
Minimum length 1,000 words - maximum length 3,000 words
BNZ Novice Writer Award winner
Deborah Hill Cone
Deborah Hill Cone's bio PDF 53KB
Judge Craig Cliff's report PDF 60KB
BNZ Young Writer Award category
For writers who are at secondary school - $1,500 for the student
and $2000 for the winner's school
Minimum length 750 words - maximum length 2,000 words
BNZ Young Writer Award winner
Winning story - Don't Look Away PDF 40KB
Elizabeth Ray's bio PDF 52KB
Judge Sue Orr's report PDF 60KB
BNZ Short Short Story Award category
A short story of a maximum of 150 words submitted via Facebook - $500 prize money.
BNZ Short Short Story Award winner
Winning story - The morning rush PDF 49KB
Deborah Youthed's bio PDF 54KB
Judge Sue Orr's report PDF 56KB
Meet the 2013 Judges
Katherine Mansfield Award Judge
Albert Wendt has published four collections of short stories: Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree: And Other Stories, The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man, The Best of Albert Wendt's Short Stories, and most recently, Ancestry.
He has also published many novels, collections of poetry, and major anthologies of Pacific writing. He has won numerous awards and prizes. He has won the Commonwealth Book Prize for South East Asia and the Pacific two times and won Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000, and in 2012, he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. He also has honorary doctorates from the University of Bourgogne, France, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Hawai'i.
His latest works, published in 2012, are From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden, a collection of poetry, and Ancestry, a collection of short stories.
Writing Tips PDF 118KB
Novice Writer Award Judge
Craig Cliff won the novice writer category of the BNZ Literary Awards in 2007 with his story Another Language. His debut collection of short stories,A Man Melting, was published in 2010 and went on to win the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book. In 2012, he was one of the judges for the inaugural Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Some of his stories have been translated into Spanish and German. Craig also writes a column for the Dominion Post about his 'double life' as a writer and public servant in Wellington, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His first novel, The Mannequin Makers, will be published in August this year.
Writing Tips PDF 205KB
Young Writer Award Judge
Sue Orr has published two prize-winning short story collections, Etiquette for a Dinner Party in 2008, which won the Lilian Ida Smith Award, and From Under the Overcoat in 2011, which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2011 where it also won the People's Choice Award. Her work has appeared in many New Zealand and international anthologies and in the NZ Listener.
Under the NZ Society of Authors' mentoring scheme, she mentored Emily Draper, who went on to win both first and second prizes in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition that year.
Sue Orr was a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow in 2011 and is a graduate of Bill Manhire's creative writing programme at Victoria University in Wellington. She has been a journalist and editor, and is currently writing a novel and studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington. She lives with her family at Narrowneck Beach in Auckland.
Writing Tips PDF 116KB
Short Short Story Award Judge
Graham Beattie is a former bookseller, and former Managing Director/Publisher of Penguin Books NZ Ltd. and Scholastic NZ Ltd. Graham now works as full-time book reviewer, book blogger, and judge of book awards as well as doing occasional consultancy work within the book industry.
Writing Tips PDF 71KB
Winners in 2012
BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award Winner 2012
Elizabeth Smither - Katherine Mansfield Award Judge
Photograph by Liz March.
BNZ Novice Writer Award Winner 2012
Laurence Fearnley - Novice Award Judge
She lives in Dunedin with her husband and son.
BNZ Young Writer Award Winner 2012
Eleanor Catton - Young Writer Award Judge
Photograph by Robert Catto.
BNZ Short Short Story Award Winner 2012
|Graham Beattie - Short Short Story Award Judge
A former bookseller, former Managing Director/Publisher of Penguin Books NZ Ltd., and Scholastic NZ Ltd. Graham now works as full-time book reviewer, book blogger and judge of book awards as well as doing occasional consultancy work within the book industry.
Kiwis for kiwi
You can continue to help us save our national bird by switching your current BNZ Eftpos card to a Kiwi eftpos card. You'll enjoy all the same services and benefits, but once a year $10 will be donated from your account to Kiwis for kiwi.
Through our sponsorship of the five New Zealand teams of the Super Rugby franchise, we are helping our teams retain and develop our top rugby talent as well as showing our support for New Zealand's national game by displaying our logo on their playing and replica jerseys, and on all official team apparel.
You can also support your favourite NZ super rugby team by purchasing their BNZ branded playing jersey and attending live matches at their stadium.
For news, reviews, game times, and information on each of the teams check out the super rugby website.
Māori All Blacks
We have extended our support for New Zealand's national game through the sponsorship of the Māori All Blacks. We also have a long history of working alongside Māori entrepreneurs and iwi groups creating significant opportunities for Māori business and managing and growing iwi and Māori wealth.