Kiwi kids are proactive readers who love to read home-grown authors

MEDIA RELEASE The votes are in and Whitcoulls are delighted to announce their 2019 Kids’ Top 50 Books List today (September 23, 2019.) The big news is that Kiwi kids often discover what they want to read through their own research, are huge fans of books in a series and …

Social issues a major theme for National Poetry Day celebrations

MEDIA RELEASE Climate change and the plight of refugees are the focus of some of the 150+ events in this year’s Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, taking place on Friday August 23. Our annual celebration of writing and reading poetry embraces both the personal and political in a dynamic programme …

WW2 books, true stories and classics among New Zealanders’ favourite reads

MEDIA RELEASE Reading is in good health, with thousands of New Zealanders voting for their favourite books in the Whitcoulls Top 100 Books List.  Announced today (Monday 22 July), the List reveals that classic books, war and true stories are among the nation’s favourite reads. Our interest in WW2 books …

WHALE OIL: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life

Truth is stranger than fiction. For Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield, the truth is stranger than strange. In May 2012, Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack; the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing …