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Children's authors around New Zealand

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Last updated by Anne Kenneally 

This site will showcase New Zealand authors.  

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Melinda Szymanik - current writer in residence at The University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence

Maria Gillchildren's author and freelance writer, specialising in non-fiction and environmental writing.

Ella Westwrites novels for teenagers and plays for adults.

Phillip W. Simpsonwrites both fiction and non-fiction books for children and teenagers.

Lorraine OrmanLorraine Orman had her first short story for children accepted by the School Journal in 1982 - and she was hooked!

Victoria M. AzaroVictoria lives in Auckland, with her husband and their three children and she spends every free minute of the day writing and illustrating.

Rachel StedmanI’m a physiotherapist by background, but now I work as a freelance procurement specialist.

Heather ArnoldHeather has been a graphic designer/illustrator for over 25 years and currently works as a freelance web designer, graphic designer, illustrator and book publisher.

David RileyDavid Riley is a respected New Zealand high school Drama and English teacher.

Susan Brocker - Susan has written more than sixty, both fiction and non-fiction, which have been published worldwide.

James Norcliffe - was born in Greymouth and first went to school there at Kaiata School although that school is now no more.   

Sharon Holthas written books in English and Māori for children of all ages.

David Hairis a New Zealand YA and Adult fantasy writer living in Auckland.

Kyle Mewburnis one of New Zealand's finest, and most eclectic, picture book writers.

Philippa Werrywrites both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults and has a special interest in historical and war-related writing.

Peter Millettwrites humorous stories that appeal to Kiwi kids aged 6 – 12 years.

Juliette MacIverwrites picture books and early readers for young children that are full of frolic and delight. 

Adele Broadbent is a Children’s Author, a Children’s Bookseller during the week and a Children’s Librarian on her weekends.