NZ Children's Authors

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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 Gill - children's author and freelance writer, specialising in non-fiction and environmental writing.

Ella West - writes novels for teenagers and plays for adults.

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

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

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

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

Heather Arnold - Heather 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 Riley - David 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 Holt - has written books in English and Māori for children of all ages.

David Hair - is a New Zealand YA and Adult fantasy writer living in Auckland.

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

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

Peter Millett - writes humorous stories that appeal to Kiwi kids aged 6 – 12 years.

Juliette MacIver - writes 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.

Craig Smith - is an APRA children award winning, full time Musician/Author living in New Zealand.

Raymond Huberis a writer, freelance editor and teacher.

Tania Roxborogh - grew up in a world without books but in a world of storytellers.

Fifi ColstonGraduating in Wellington with a Diploma of Visual Communications Design, Fifi freelances with fingers in many creative pies.

Sue Copsey - used to write non-fiction for children, but then something spooky happened. She decided to write a ghost story, and found that once she’d started, she couldn’t stop.

Diana Menefyenjoys researching history and bringing it alive for readers. She is now concentrating on writing fiction for children and young adults.