NZSA President – Kyle Mewburn

Kyle MewburnKyle is one of New Zealand’s finest, and most eclectic, picture book writers. His stories are noted for being multi-layered, funny and linguistically creative. His titles have been published in a dozen countries and won numerous awards including Children’s Book of the Year (Old Hu-hu), Picture book of the Year (Kiss!Kiss! Yuck!Yuck!), two Children’s Choice awards (Kiss!Kiss! Yuck!Yuck! and Melu) and a Flicker Tale award in North Dakota. As well as picture books, Kyle has published numerous School Readers and junior fiction titles, including two popular series – Dinosaur Rescue and Dragon Knight. He was the Children’s Writer in Residence at Otago University in 2011.
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National Council

Anna Mackenzie – Central Districts Regional Delegate

Anna_Mackenzie_08_small_mdAnna Mackenzie writes contemporary, historic and speculative fiction for adult and young adult audiences and has won numerous awards. She is published by Penguin Random House. Her ninth title, Evie’s War, was released in June 2015. Anna lives on a farm in Hawke’s Bay. Alongside writing she edits magazines, mentors for NZSA and teaches extension creative writing programmes.
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Tui Allen – Northern Districts Regional Delegate

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Tui lives in Te Pahu in the western Waikato and is the newest member on the National Council. She writes marine-themed environmental novels and stories for adults. Her first novel “Ripple” was initially self-published on Amazon, but after being displayed by the NZSA in   at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012, was  traditionally-published in translation in The Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Tui was previously  a children’s author, published by Mallinson Rendel, Shortland Publications and Learning Media. A mother of two grown-up children, she has a background in teaching and web design and is internet communicator for the Hamilton Branch of NZSA.
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Philippa Werry – Wellington Regional Delegate

philippa_werry_mdPhilippa Werry is a children’s writer who began her career writing for the School Journal. Since then, her non-fiction, stories, plays and poems have been widely published and several of her children’s novels and non-fiction titles have been shortlisted for book awards or named as Storylines Notable Books. Philippa lives in Wellington; she is an online writing tutor, maintains several blogs and visits schools around the country as part of the Writers in Schools programme.

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Kathleen Gallagher – Central and Northern South Island Regional Delegate

Kathleen Gallagher_optKathleen Gallagher is an acclaimed poet, playwright, filmmaker and writer. In 1993, she received the NZ Playwrights Award. In 1996 her radio play Charlie Bloom, was a finalist in the NZ Radio Awards and the NZ Media Peace Awards. She has written 16 plays for theatre, 3 collections of poetry, and 4 books. In 2004, Kathleen received the Sonja Davies Peace Award for  “Tau te Mauri Breath Of Peace”. She has written and directed 6 feature documentaries some screening  in Film Festivals in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. Kathleen’s first novel “Earthquakes and Butterflies,”  played on RadioNZNational Feb 22 – 28, 2016.

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Vanda Symon – Otago/Southland Regional Delegate

Vanda is the Author of the Detective Sam Shephard crime fiction series and the stand alone thriller The Faceless. She is a three time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Fiction novel. A Dunedin resident, Vanda produces and hosts a monthly radio show for the Otago Southland NZSA called Write On, broadcast on Otago Access Radio, and is a regular reviewer for National Radio. Among the many roles she enjoys, Vanda is a writing mentor for the NZSA and she is the Chair of Copyright Licensing New Zealand.
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