Rangatahi Zine Fund
The Rangatahi Zine Fund is an opportunity for two Māori and Pasifika creatives to make zines to sell at Wellington Zinefest.


This fund is intended to develop the number of Māori and Pasifika creatives, and the amount of Māori and Pasifika content, represented at Wellington Zinefest.

The recipients will receive $750 each, and help from the Wellington Zinefest team to create, print, bind and sell your own zines. We’ll also hold a launch event for your zines, so you can show them off.

There's two funds available, one for those aged 16-20, and another for ages 21-25. Submissions for the fund will open on June 14 and close on July 19, 2021. The zines need to have some connection with the theme of identity, whatever that means for you.

If you're new to zines or unfamiliar with what one is, we've set up a What's a Zine? page specifically for this fund. It has some examples of what zines are, why people make them, and some local Māori and Pasifika zinemakers. We recommend reading through this page before submitting.

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Te Aho - The Line

a zine written, illustrated and published by Izzy Joy.

Download for free here.


a zine written by Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey and illustrated by Jamie Terekia.

Download for free here.


You don't need to have made a zine before, or know how to create one, to be eligible for this fund. The kaupapa is about getting new people discovering the world of zines. If you're the recipient of the fund, we'll teach you different techniques on how to put them together just how you like it!

To submit for the fund, you'll need to write an outline of the zine or zines you'd like to make. The zines should have some connection to the idea of identity.

To apply for the Rangatahi Zine Fund, you need to be:

  • aged between either 16 - 20 or 21 - 25,

  • of Māori and/or Pasifika descent,

  • able to attend the Wellington Zinefest market on October 23-24 to host a stall featuring your work.

We'll also be prioritising applications from people living in or near Greater Wellington.

Submitting for the Fund


To enter for the fund, you’ll need to fill out our submission form, including an outline of the zine, or zines, you’d like to make.


You could make one bigger zine, several smaller ones, or a different combination.


The only stipulation is that it somehow connects with the very broad theme of identity.


Let us know what, how and why you'll make the zines:


Tell us what themes or ideas your zine(s) will explore.

For example, will they be a serious political kōrero about decolonization?

A group of small zines of funny memories of your whānau?

A zine version of your kuia’s recipe book?

Tell us what it will be about.


Tell us how you'd like to make the zine.

What will the process of making be like for you?

For example, tell us:

Will you work alone or with help?

Do you prefer doing things by hand, or digital?

Will you write your own text, or use someone else's writing?

Will you create your own images?


Let us know why you want to make these particular zines.

It could be because you’d like to use the process as an opportunity to learn more about something, or there's a story you want to share. Whatever your reason for choosing this idea, let us know.

It's really important to note that there are no 'right' answers to these questions. When making zines, everyone does things exactly how they want to.

However for this submission, the more developed and clear your idea is, the better. When the panel are deciding the recipient of the fund, it's really helpful for them to have a good understanding of your ideas and why they matter to you. You don't need to have everything 100% figured out in your submission - if the panel pick your ideas, we can work with you to help develop them. But if we can see that you've thought through and developed your ideas, it helps to show that you're committed to your zine(s).

We’ll also ask you to include a few examples of creative mahi you’ve already done. Experience isn’t necessary - the fund is open to all skill levels - but it helps us get an idea of what kind of work you’ll be producing.

The zines you make don't need to be fancy or beautifully illustrated or designed. It's great to create beautiful things, but for this fund we're more focused on supporting ideas which connect with the theme of identity and how your zines represent who you are. We're more concerned with supporting you to express yourself, rather than create something to impress others.

If you're still unsure about what a zine is, read the 'What's a Zine?' page.

GULFS is a zine series written, illustrated and published by Ana Scotney.


GULFS won Wellington Zinefest "Best of the Fest" in 2018.

Example Submission

Here's an example of what an outline of your ideas might look like:


"I will use the Rangatahi Zine Fund to create three small zines.

The first one will be a small comic about a time I went fishing with my koro, which I will draw by hand. I really want to develop my drawing skills and I think this will be a good opportunity. I also want to share this particular memory because it’s funny, and I want some of my cousins to know more about him.’

The second zine will be a poem that my mum wrote when I was little. For this one, I’ll include a digital collage using old family photos. I would like to work on this one with my mum. I think she’s a great writer and not enough people have read her work.

The third zine will be a story about a time I experienced racism in a supermarket. I will include photos of the supermarket and experiment with drawing on top of them. This kind of racism is something that I think not enough non-Māori people understand, so I want to share my story."

Ready to Submit?

Once you've worked out what you'd like to create and written up an outline of your ideas, you can submit using our form below.

Because you can't save a draft on this form, it's a good idea to write your outline on another program and then copy/paste it into the form, in case you lose it.

The Decision Making

After all the submissions have been received on July 19, a small panel of Māori and Pasifika zinemakers will review the submissions and select the recipient of the fund.


We’ll notify everyone on Monday August 2.


We’ll then schedule a kanohi-ki-te-kanohi meeting with the recipients to work out a plan for making the zines.

Regardless of who receives the fund, everyone who submits will be offered a free stall at Wellington Zinefest 2021 in October.

Prompts for Zine Ideas


For this project, we’re looking for zines that discuss identity.This is a broad term, and could cover a whole bunch of different topics.


If you're struggling with ideas, we’ve come up with a few prompts.

However your idea(s) don’t need to address any of them in particular:

Whanake | Rise is a zine of writing and art by BIPOC from Aotearoa in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Edited and published by Food Court and Stacey Teague. Available at Food Court Books.

  • Are there stories from your whānau, hāpu or iwi that you would like to share? Is there someone or a group of people from your whakapapa who you’d like to make a zine about? What stories of theirs could you make a zine about? How have those stories influenced you?

  • What is your experience of living with, or away from, your whenua? If you’re part of a diasporic community, how do you experience home? How has urbanisation shaped your whānau?

  • What do you think about colonisation? How has it shaped your life and the lives of your whānau? What does decolonisation mean to you?

  • Are there special karakia or waiata you’d like to turn into a zine?

  • What’s something you wish people knew about your life as a Māori and/or Pasifika person? Are there misconceptions people have about what it means to be Māori or Pasifika that you’d like to change?

  • What thoughts or experiences as someone within the rainbow community would you like people to know about? How does it impact you to be takatāpui, mahu, vakasalewa, palopa, fa’afafine, akava’ine, fakaleiti (leiti), fakafifine or another rainbow identity? How does it shape your life?

  • What does Mana Wāhine and/or Mana Tāne mean to you? How have these concepts impacted the person you are today, and the people around you?

We’re not wanting you to provide a ‘correct’ answer to any of these questions. They’re just prompts to get you thinking about what you’d like to say. These zines are about identity, which you're the authority on. Zines are great because they allow you to say exactly what you want and how you feel - when you make zines, you’re the boss!

Get in Touch

Finally, if there's anything you're not sure about, please let us know by emailing wellingtonzinefest@gmail.com