Ian Wedde, accomplished poet, author, commentator, and critic , has been announced as the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2011-2013
What is the Poet Laureate Award?
The Laureate is an accomplished and highly regarded poet who can speak for the nation’s community of poets, and to their readers.
Poetry is an essential part of New Zealandart and culture, and through the New Zealand
Poet Laureate Award the government acknowledges the value that New Zealanders place on poetry as a part of our national identity.