Residencies take place whole year round.
Paid by artist 

Each person pays a weekly residency fee of NZ$300 pw and a flat vehicular fee of NZ$25 per week. This includes a fully-equipped kitchen for self-catering, linen, heating, use of washing machine and dryer, free Wifi and access to a printer along with use of a very fine library offering a wide range of quality texts. Residents are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Over Spring, the Saiko Writer's Studio offers to an emerging writer, or two, for the cost of $NZ240 a week, inlcuding modest local transportation. Residents are responsible for their own travel, but pick-up and drop-off in Masterton or Palmerston North is complimentary. Writers also provide their own food while in residence.

Application guidelines 

For enquiries please e-mail [email protected]. Applications can be made by e-mail with inclusion of a biography, statement of your project, and examples of your work, along with the desired duration of your residency and the dates you would like to be in residence.

NZ Pacific Studio is a multidisciplinary center. It welcomes: writers, visual artists, natural and cultural historians and storytellers, environmentalists, producers and film-makers, curators, musicians, dancers, choreographers, science communicators, post-graduate students and scholars.


Rural Retreat
Private initiative

New Zealand Pacific Studio

New Zealand Pacific Studio

NZ Pacific Studio


At the historic Kaiparoro House, New Zealand, we offer a residency centre that gives creative practitioners and researchers the space and time to focus on a specific project, while we bring national and international artists together, allowing the enrichment of individual creative practice. At NZPS, we are also concerned with the wellbeing and creative potential of communities through the finding and sharing of stories and processes that honour and protect our local culture, history and environments.

Applications are welcomed from creative practitioners and researchers seeking to enrich their practice and do serious work. Residents also have many opportunities to connect with our local communities through exhibitions and performances, regular open days, radio talks, school sessions, Question and Answer forums and workshops.

A live-in House Manager and artist supports residents and helps facilitate connections. Nearby sponsors and caretakers also support residents. 

Writers residency
To help support emerging writers, NZ Pacific Studio is offering it's cosy and inspirational writer's studio over September and October 2015, at an attractive self-funded rate. Our smallest live/work studio with a single bed, it's ideal for immersing yourself in a writing project for a week, or few weeks, as best suits you.

Accommodation Information 

fully-equipped kitchen, linen, heating, washing machine and dryer, Wifi, printer, library

Studio Information 

Kaiparoro House provides a large renovated garage studio to visual artists, a large open loft area with library (sometimes used by resident musicians and dancers) and garden-facing rooms for writers. A self-contained cottage is also often available: this combines a Norwegian style compact living space with firebox and studio.


NPZS is rurally located nearby to the Pukaha Wildlife Sanctuary north of Masterton in the Wairarapa. It is also within easy travelling distance to Wellington, the nation’s capital and only 20 minutes drive to the city of Masterton, which well provides for resident’s needs. 

85229 State Highway 2,
Masterton 5881
New Zealand
+64 6 375 8441

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