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Welcome to Aotearoa Quilters

Formed in 1994 as the National Association of New Zealand Quilters (NANZQ), we support quilters and textile artists by offering classes, exhibitions and professional development opportunities. Membership is open to anyone interested in the NZ quilting and textile scene.


The Association was established in 1994 to promote and lead the development of patchwork, quilting and textile art within New Zealand.

It is our mission to provide New Zealand quilters the opportunity to expand horizons, to share work, and to learn.

We aim to support quilters and textile artists at all levels through offering a variety of classes, exhibitions, regional meetings and professional development opportunities.  Membership is open to anyone wishing to keep in touch with the New Zealand Quilting and Textile scene.


The formation of the National Association of New Zealand Quilter (NANZQ) began in Auckland. A small group of quilters began discussing the increasing need for NZ quilters to know what is happening internationally, what was happening throughout NZ and the enormous topic of information sharing in all its facets. This was before the World Wide Web and the common use of the internet. Meetings were held in Auckland to discuss the concept and information was sent to guilds and groups around NZ seeking their opinion.

At the Nelson symposium the first meeting was held for representatives from throughout NZ. A draft constitution had been prepared and this was debated at the Nelson breakfast meeting along with election of the first committee.
The Association was incorporated and a newsletter was begun.

See more on our committee, sponsors and life members.

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