PEN NEW ZEALAND Inauguration 1934

 

This list has been put together from available PEN Gazettes in our archives:

1934      Founded by Pat Lawlor – Hon. Secretary

1934      First President – Dr G. H Scholefield

1936      President – O.A. Marris

1937      President – C A Morris

First gazette to members

1940      President – Alan Mulgan

1942      President – Alan Mulgan

1944     Col C.A.L.Treadwell, O.B.E

1945     President – Sir James Elliott

1947     President – Sir James Elliott

1947      PEN became an Incorporated Society 1948

1948     First Maori members – Sir Apirana Ngata & Pei Te Hurinui

1948      President – Pat Lawlor

1949      First national NZ Authors Week

1950      President – Stuart Perry

1952      President – Stuart Perry

1954      President – C.R.H. Taylor

1955      President – O.N Gillespie

1957      President – M. H. Holcroft

1958      First national Writers conference

1959      President – M. H. Holcroft

1960      President – Dennis Glover

1962      President – Dennis Glover

1964      President – Ruth Mackay

First woman president

1966      President – Malcolm Mason

1968      President – Arthur Helm

1969      President – Neva Clarke

1972     President – Ian Cross

1974      President – Ray Grover

1976      President – Alistair Campbell

1979      President – Michael King

1980      President – Lauris Edmond

1981      President – Fiona Kidman

1983      President – Tony Simpson

1985      President – Vivienne Joseph

1986      President – Louis Johnson

1987      President – Harvey McQueen

1988      President – Rosemary Wildblood

1989      President – Maurice Shadbolt

1990      Acting President – Patrick Waddington

1990      President – Kevin Ireland

1992      President – Chris Else

1994      President – Gordon McLauchlan

PEN NZ became The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ INC) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa

1996      President – Tessa Duder

1998      President – Philip Temple

1998      President – Joan Rosier-Jones

2000      President – Joan Rosier-Jones

2001      President – William Taylor

2003      President – William Taylor

2004      President – Chris Else

2006      President – Chris Else

2007      President – Paul Smith

2009      Acting President – Dawn Sanders

2009      President – Tony Simpson

2011      President – Tony Simpson

2013     President – Kyle Mewburn

2015      President – Kyle Mewburn

2017      President – Siobhan Harvey