Since 1970 the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Menton fellowship has been awarded to a New Zealand writer each year. They get 6 months or more to the writing room in the Villa Isola Bella where Katherine Mansfield once lived in South Eastern France.
But when new Zealand Post pulled its sponsorship four years ago - the trust that administered the fellowship could not find a new one. But after an intensive fundraising effort - the Winn-Manson Menton Trust, and the Arts Foundation have managed to raise 800 thousand dollars, which means the Menton fellowship will continue.
Simon Bowden is the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation