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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:


BNZ principle sponsor of Plunket

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.

Entry categories

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

Catherine Chidgey

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For unpublished writers - $1,500 prize money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

Winning story -
Utterly Depressing but Incredibly Beautiful

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

Elizabeth Ray

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

Deborah Youthed

Winning story - The morning rush PDF 49KB

Deborah Youthed's bio PDF 54KB

Judge Sue Orr's report PDF 56KB

Meet the 2013 Judges

Albert Wendt - BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award Judge

Albert Wendt

Katherine Mansfield Award category judge - Albert WendtKatherine 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

Craig Cliff - BNZ Novice Writer Award Judge

Craig Cliff

Novice Writer Award category judge - Craig CliffNovice 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

Sue Orr - BNZ Young Writer Award Judge

Sue Orr

Young Writer Award category judge - Sue OrrYoung 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

Graham Beattie - BNZ Short Short Story Award Judge 

Graham Beattie

Graham BeattieShort 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

Check out the 2012 winners

Winners in 2012

BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award Winner 2012

Julie Helean

Winner's bio PDF 30KB
Winning Story - Misjudged PDF 64KB
Judge's report PDF 32KB

Elizabeth SmitherElizabeth Smither - Katherine Mansfield Award Judge
Elizabeth Smither has published five collections of short stories: Nights at the Embassy; Mr FishThe Mathematics of Jane Austen; Listening to the Everly Brothers and The Girl Who Proposed. She also writes novels and poetry. She was Te Mata Estate poet laureate (2001-3) and received an Hon D Litt from Auckland University in 2004 and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry 2008.

Photograph by Liz March.

BNZ Novice Writer Award Winner 2012

Nicole Tan

Winner's bio PDF 30KB
Winning Story - Up and Down and Over PDF 42KB
Judge's report PDF 40KB

Laurence Fearnley - Novice Award Judge
Laurence Fearnley has published eight novels. Her second novel, Room, was short listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2001 and Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana Book Awards. The Hut Builder was short listed for the international 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain writing and won the fiction category at the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards.

She lives in Dunedin with her husband and son.

BNZ Young Writer Award Winner 2012

Emily Hunter

Winner's bio PDF 28KB
Winning Story - Of Dust PDF 23KB
Judge's report PDF 49KB

Eleanor CattonEleanor Catton - Young Writer Award Judge
Eleanor Catton wrote her debut novel The Rehearsal when she was 22 years old. First published in New Zealand by Victoria University Press, The Rehearsal went on to receive international prizes and acclaim, including a longlisting for the 2010 Orange Prize, the UK Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. It has now been translated into thirteen languages. Eleanor Catton studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa. In 2012 she will be the University of Auckland Writer-in-Residence. She lives in Wellington.

Photograph by Robert Catto.

BNZ Short Short Story Award Winner 2012

Chelsea Dempsey

Winner's bio PDF 28KB
Winning Story - My Old Man PDF 18KB
Judge's report PDF 23KB

Graham BeattieGraham 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

BNZ Kiwis for kiwi eftpos card

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.

Kiwi eftpos card

Super Rugby

Investec Super Rugby

 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.