Poems in the Waiting Room

A selection of PitWR poetry cards

Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) is a Dunedin based arts in health charity.

Our aim is to provide a free source of well-chosen poetry for; patients waiting for medical appointments, rest home residents waiting for meals, outings or appointments, hospice patients and their families, and prison inmates.

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 include those from contemporary poets (especially New Zealand writers), older poems, a haiku, and a children’s poem. 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.

The original print run of 500 cards in 2008 was limited to Dunedin medical practices. Now 5500 cards are printed every season and distributed throughout New Zealand’s South Island with a Samoan maternity hospital and Scott Base included in the mix.  We currently send new cards, every quarter, to 174 rest homes, 275 medical practices, 8 prisons, contributing poets, interested individuals, and practices (outside our current area) who request cards.  As long as we can secure funding we intend to continue having the poetry cards transcribed every season into Braille booklets.  The last four editions of Poems in the Waiting Room have been available in Braille for RNZFB members to read at the Foundation Offices or to take home to keep.

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. Our long-term aim is to secure sponsorship so this service may be offered New Zealand-wide.

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 .


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