Here you will find the media releases and images that are currently available for New Zealand Festival and Writers Week 2016. 

Video content can be found via this Dropbox folder.

We will be adding content as it becomes available. 

For further information and interview requests, please contact the Media Communications Team.

Sarah Chandler, Media Communications Advisor: +64 21 192 9910 or

Megan Duffy, Media Communications Coordinator: +64 (4) 912 0414 or

If you’re unable to reach us, please call the New Zealand Festival office on +64 4 473 0149.

New Zealand Festival

The ACB with Honora Lee

The ACB with Honora Lee Tabitha Arthur Credit

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For media queries, please contact Debbie Fish


Both Sides Now

Brass Poppies


Chalk About


Complexity of Belonging

Concerto Italiano

The Contact Festival Playground


Dead Dog in a Suitcase

The Devil's Half Acre


Every Brilliant Thing

Flying Nun Dunedin Double

For the Birds

The God That Comes

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Kiri Te Kanawa & Voices NZ

The Kiss Inside


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La Verita

Le Grand Continental

Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio

Modern Maori Quartet

No Man's Land

Not in our Neighbourhood

Page Turners

Performs Tom Waits

The Phoenix Foundation

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Reimagining the Classics


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For media queries, please contact Sally Woodfield, Chamber Music New Zealand publicist.


Relict Furies

Sila: The Breath of the World

small metal objects


Speed of Light (Royal New Zealand Ballet)

Sufjan Stevens

Te Po


The Woman Who Forgot

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Scotland's famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is known as the "greatest show on earth". Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo is always a sell-out and has been watched by millions over its 65 year history. Featuring a cast of 1200 incredible performers, witness this magnificent spectacle of music, dance and precision display. The traditional Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums, Military Bands and Highland Dancers are joined by a selection of the best cultural and military performers from around the world.

Including performances from Top Secret (Switzerland), Royal Marine Band, Royal Air Force Band, Welsh Guards Army Band, The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Band, HM The King of Norway’s Guards Band and Drill Team, New Zealand Army Band, Auckland Police Pipe Band, Lochiel Marching Drill Team and more to be announced…

Massed pipes at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Photo credit: 'The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo'

Writers Week

Writers Week (8-13 March 2016) will bring some of the smartest, most eloquent and entertaining people from home and abroad to Wellington for six days during New Zealand Festival. Join the conversation as guests talk about their work, their lives, and the world around them. Novelists of every hue, be they literary, graphic, sci-fi or fantasy; children’s writers and illustrators; poets; memoirists; historians; scientists; academics, journalists … there is someone for everyone. Pick up your copy of the Writers Week brochure from Unity Books, libraries and other bookshops and outlets nationwide, or visit

Muriel Barbery

Richard Dawkins

Robert Dessaix

Jasper Fforde

Cornelia Funke

Patrick Gale

Sally Gardner

Miranda July

Etgar Keret

Henry Marsh

Christopher McDougall

Anis Mojgani

Andrew O'Hagan

Nnedi Okorafor

Mallory Ortberg

Adam Rutherford

Mariko Tamaki

Simon Winchester