Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) is a Dunedin based arts in health charity which prints and distributes free poetry cards (currently 8000) every season to medical waiting rooms, rest homes, hospices and prisons throughout New Zealand. Our aim with the cards is to make people’s waiting time a little less frustrating/more enjoyable and at the same time introduce or reintroduce them to the delights of poetry.

25 editions


The poetry cards, A4 sized three-fold cards, feature between eight and ten poems. New editions of the cards are printed and distributed every season. Poems are sourced from all over the world and include contemporary poems, older poems, a haiku, and a children’s poem. Each year the winter edition features NZ poets and includes the winning poems from our annual competition. The poems are selected for readers’ enjoyment and are in no way a vehicle for delivering any social/health messages. The cards may be read and left on site or taken away for sharing or further reading.


We currently send new cards, every quarter, to 453 rest homes, 644 medical practices, 8 prisons, 26 hospices, the SDHB, and contributing poets, and interested individuals.

Further information about Poems in the Waiting Room can be found on our blog.

PitWR(NZ) relies solely on donations and successful applications to trusts/companies to fund its two costs – postage and printing.

For all enquiries please contact:

Ruth Arnison
Poems in the Waiting Room
19 Hunt St
Andersons Bay
Dunedin 9013

waitingroompoems(at)gmail(dot)com.   Please replace the (at) with @ and (dot) with .

2 Responses to Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

  1. Laurel Dunn says:

    hi. I am the Secretary of the library in Portobello. speaking to our librarian this morning she was keen to get a lilliput library in the Centre of Portobello – the library is a wee way from the Centre but we could top the lilliput library up. we could put some funds towards this or ask our community group to fund it. would be a great addition and even tourists in Portobello for the night could do a swap. please contact me on dunnwhanau@gmail. com
    many thanks


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