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Stories for Short Read

John paused and turned away from his screen to glance at the steaming cup of coffee. Something felt a little off but he couldn’t place his finger on i ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Steven Moe

18 min read

  Extract from Mazarine published by Penguin Random House   Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of the summer br ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw

22 min read

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  The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Maori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko, is worn only by Maori women. So, her ethnicit ...More

Mystery & Crime
Catherine Lea

13 min read

Published by Brakelight Press
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  In New Zealand’s Martinborough, an ex-wine maker is murdered. The precise planning and execution by the unknown assailant begins a series o ...More

Mystery & Crime, Psychological Thriller
Published by Squabbling Sparrows Press
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Kingdom of Blong is the fifth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, although note all the books ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

17 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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On the first night, Grace dreamed of country music. Traditional troubadours like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson. She woke up with the ...More

Drama, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Jenna Heller

20 min read

It was a glimpse into Paradise. The sun caught the old town first, its jumble of faded pastels glowing like the gilded ceilings of the Vatican – yellow, pink, ...More

Fiction
Mandy Hager

22 min read

Con walks down the streets of Newtown from Berhampore, past the damp, narrow houses, tipped into the wind, cold rain spitting into his face. There’s the ...More

Drama
Julie Hill

14 min read

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  He kohinga whakaaro, he kohinga wheako hoki mō te waiata me te haka nā tētahi tokānuku kua aua atu e tū ana i taua ao. Ko Tā Tīmoti Kāretu tēta ...More

Non Fiction, Translation
Published by Auckland University Press
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  Comedian Chris Parker brings his brilliant comic wit to the page. Star of stand-up, winner of Celebrity Treasure Island and lockdown Inst ...More

Biography & Memoir, Humor & Comedy
Chris Parker

9 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin

“What do you intend to do about this disgraceful situation?” Alison Carrington seethed. Mayor Harper stared at the outraged, elderly woman, l ...More

Drama, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell

22 min read

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  Ideas and inspiration to make your Matariki celebrations sparkle. PÕHUTUKAWA Whakamanahia ngā rau kahurangi kua mene ki te pō. E hoki k ...More

Picture Book
Published by Allen & Unwin

It’s been nearly 70 years since my children left home. That sounds ridiculous but I am 120 years old. When they left, my house felt empty. I began ...More

Fiction, Travel & Environment
Kat Miller

12 min read

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  He whakamāoritanga i te pukapuka o Puripāha nā Witi Ihimaera mō ētahi whānau hoariri e rua ki Te Tairāwhiti. Ko Puripāha te tapanga k ...More

Fiction, Maori & Pasifika, Translation
Witi Ihimaera

8 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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His fur is silky black, blue eyes wild, teeth glistening white – white like the snow that fell last winter, like the oleander that grows by the ravine ...More

Young Writer
Krissie Bearsley

6 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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  “Whenever I think of coming to punish my father, it’s always in a strong wind, and that’s blowing now as I drive up the long, unsealed tr ...More

Contemporary Fiction
Owen Marshall

6 min read

Published by Penguin Random House

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They didn’t want my name to be conventional. It’s a quick, sharp sound, a sound that belongs with cricket chirps and snapping twigs, brilliant as a flash ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons

3 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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  A landmark anthology of creative work – poetry, fiction and essays – by emerging Asian New Zealand writers. This landmark collection of ...More

Non Fiction
Paula Morris

24 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Flip Flop Bay is the sixth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, but note the books can be read as stand ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

18 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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When someone tells you to picture a magician, what do you think of? Daniel Radcliffe, complete with a wand and broomstick? Or perhaps a cheesy performer with ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Young Writer
Amelia Kirkness

9 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

Some relationships are destined to last. Others end in tears, mass destruction or an intractable skin rash. My love affair in the winter of 2002 was doome ...More

Biography & Memoir
Nod Ghosh

11 min read