Tina Shaw


Tina Shaw is the author of 20-odd publications for children, young adults and general readership, including The Black Madonna, written while she held the CNZ Berlin Writers’ Residency, and The Children’s Pond, shortlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards. She has also held the University of Waikato Writer-In-Residence and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. She has edited a number of significant collections including the Bateman New Zealand Writer's Handbook (6th edition). Her YA title About Griffen's Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010. She won the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award with Ursa which was published in 2019 by Walker Books Australia. Her latest novel for general readership is Ephemera. A member of NZAMA, she works as a manuscript assessor, mentor and tutor of creative writing. She is Editor of the NZSA quarterly publication NZ Author.


  • Adult Fiction
  • Children's Fiction
  • Crime
  • Freelance Writer
  • Young Adult


  • Competition Judging
  • Freelance Writing
  • Manuscript Assessment
  • Mentoring
  • Novelist
  • Workshops (adults)


Central Districts




The Children's Pond

A crime novel set mostly in Turangi and the Tongariro River.


A YA novel set in an alternate reality loosely based on the Nazi era. Published by Walker Books, 2019.


Set in the near future, a group travel up the Waikato River in search of a mythical figure called Nelson. Published in March 2020 by Cloud Ink Press.