Joan Rosier-Jones NZSA President of Honour 2016 / 2017

Each year the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) appoints a President of Honour. This position is awarded to a writer in recognition of their services to the Society and to the literary community.

We are delighted to have Joan Rosier-Jones President of Honour for 2016 – 2017.

Joan has a rich history with the New Zealand Society of Authors, engaging both at the National level and Branch level. She was Chair of the Auckland Branch from 1993-1995, President of the Society 1999-2001 and a member of the National Council as delegate for North Island’s Central Districts 2003 to 2011. Joan has also represented authors on two boards. When authors became shareholders of Copyright Licensing NZ, Joan was one of the first writer directors and stayed an integral member of the board 1996-2004. She was the NZSA representative on the Copyright Council, now known as WeCreate 1998-2000.

Joan continues to share her wisdom on the NZSA Membership Advisory Committee, is a mentor and assessor in the NZSA professional development programme funded by Creative New Zealand. Joan also tutors in writing.

Presidents of Honour List (1970 – present)

Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

The President of Honour delivers the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture. The aim of the lecture is to deliver a ‘state of the nation’ address for literature and writing in New Zealand. More